Iga Swiatek, 20, knows being the new No. 1 brings a ton of pressure and expectation but she believes she is ready to handle everything that will come her way in the upcoming period. Swiatek was 19 years when she became a Grand Slam champion at the 2020 French Open and it took her some time before she again started playing good tennis.
Swiatek is now expected to win pretty much wherever she goes but she feels more mature now than she was when she became a Grand Slam champion. "I mean, yes, there is like more excitement, because after winning Roland Garros, because I can actually compare these two experiences, it's like on the same level, I would say, I felt a lot of doubt and I didn't really know, you know, what's gonna happen and how I'm gonna handled that," Swiatek explained.
"But right now I feel more prepared and I feel like I'm in a better place. So there is more excitement and more like satisfaction and actually like positive thoughts and emotions. Because after Roland Garros, it was really a mess.
I would say (smiling)."
Swiatek set to replace Ashleigh Barty
After winning the Indian Wells Masters, Swiatek rose to a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world. The margin between Swiatek and Barty was still big but then the Australian shocked the tennis world and announced she was retiring at the age of 25.
During her press conference, Barty confirmed she would fill out the paperwork to have her name removed from the WTA rankings next Monday. After Swiatek defeated Viktorija Golubic in the Miami second round, she was guaranteed to become the next No.
1. Swiatek is coming off back-to-back wins and she is aiming to win her third consecutive title in Miami. Swiatek has been through to the Miami quarterfinal as she plays next Petra Kvitova. It remains to be seen if Swiatek can win Miami after winning Doha and Indian Wells.