World No. 1 Iga Swiatek suggests she would prefer not to put too much pressure on herself but admits that may not be possible since her results in 2022 have been well-documented. Swiatek, 21, is set to start her summer on hard courts at a WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto.
Swiatek has played six WTA 1000 tournaments in 2022 - she has six WTA 1000 titles in 2022. "I know there are many players who did even more, but I'm pretty proud of what I did in the first part of the season," Swiatek said, per the WTA website.
"I hope this gives me some freedom to play freely because I don't have to prove anything. On the other hand, it can also pressure me, so I'm just trying not to think about what happened but prepare for what's coming."
Swiatek: I hope I'm not going to be only focused on winning
"I just hope I'm not going to be only focused on winning, winning, winning because I want to also improve some stuff in my game," Swiatek said.
"We had time to practice a little bit more after Roland Garros and after Wimbledon. So I hope that I'll implement those things." In late February, Swiatek started a winning streak that lasted five months. After winning 37 consecutive matches, Swiatek suffered a surprise loss to Alize Cornet in the Wimbledon third round.
During her stunning streak of 37 consecutive wins, Swiatek won six titles. Swiatek, who wasn't really a strong force on hard at the start of her career, is now considered as one of the best hard-court players. Swiatek has won her last 17 matches on hard, having claimed back-to-back titles during the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami.
Swiatek is the top-seeded player in the Toronto main draw and she has a first round bye at the tournament.