World No. 1 Iga Swiatek expects a smooth transition from hard to clay as clay is still her favorite surface and the surface on which she captured her maiden Grand Slam title. Swiatek, who was struggling on surfaces outside clay at the start of her career, is now a dominant force on hard as she entered the clay season riding a 19-match winning streak.
After winning Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, Swiatek won two Billie Jean King Cup matches to extend her winning streak to 19 matches. This week, Swiatek is set to kick off her clay season in Stuttgart. Swiatek is the top-seeded player and among top favorites for the title.
"I had my 1st practice on center court today. I still feel like I need like two more practices to get used to the surface. But I think I'm ready because the transition from hard courts to clay court for me is pretty quick.
So yeah, we're going to see," Swiatek said.
Swiatek secured a Billie Jean King Cup Finals ticket for Poland
Last weekend, Swiatek played two Billie Jean King Cup matches and lost a total of one game. First, Swiatek defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-0, before she defeated Andreea Prisacariu 6-0 6-0 to seal victory for Poland.
“I’m really proud. I worked really hard for this. Although I didn’t play last year, I think it was a long road and it took us a few years to progress step by step and qualify for the finals,” Swiatek said after the win was sealed.
"It shows what a strong team we are. Hopefully we will show more progress in the final and be successful." This week, Swiatek had a first round bye in Stuttgart. Swiatek is set to kick off her Stuttgart campaign by playing qualifier Eva Lys. After winning two qualifying matches, Lys defeated Viktorija Golubic in the first round to set up a Swiatek clash.