Iga Swiatek is guaranteed to become the new No. 1 when the WTA rankings list gets updated and former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters shared an advice to the Pole. On Friday, world No. 3 Maria Sakkari suffered a shock defeat to Beatriz Haddad Maia in the Miami second round.
A few hours later, world No. 2 Swiatek destroyed Viktorija Golubic 6-2 6-0 to secure the No. 1 spot. Swiatek, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world after winning Indian Wells, is now set to replace Ashleigh Barty at the No.
1 spot. “I would tell her is to keep that inner child alive,” Clijsters told the WTA Tour website. “And not get caught up in an adult world. I feel I was able to achieve what I did because that inner child stayed with me.
“I played two hours yesterday, and I still love it. There’s a passion for the sport that we [former No.1s] all developed at a young age. We all felt something when we held that racquet and started hitting a ball”.
Clijsters: Handling pressure now the key for Swiatek
Swiatek, 20, is now a Grand Slam champion and the world No. 1. Swiatek will now be considered as a top favorite wherever she goes and there will lots of pressure and expectation for her to deliver.
“When you start worrying about the pressure – when that takes over – that’s when it becomes so hard,” Clijsters added. “People do look at you differently, right? Players want to beat the No.1 player more.
Things change around you, but I don’t think she will change for it. Barty didn’t change for it. I don’t think I changed for it. “There’s obviously a maturity in Iga as well, but you need to keep it fun, to keep it exciting. Keep that normalcy – if what we do can ever be considered normal”.