Swiatek is “scared” to change pre-match playlist because it got her to world no.1

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Swiatek is “scared” to change pre-match playlist because it got her to world no.1

During the on-court interview after her 3-set victory against Jule Niemeier in the US Open quarterfinals, Iga Swiatek shared that she fears mixing up her pre-match playlist because she has been listening to it for over a year.

Since Swiatek’s top position in 2021 was 4th, her current playlist helped her capture the WTA world number one position. “Basically, it’s Thunderstruck, then Even Flow (by Pearl Jam), then GorillaZ, then Porch (by Pearl Jam), then Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin), and I’m pretty scared to change it.

I’m listening to that since a year ago and I’m pretty bored but it’s working so I’ve got to stick to that,” said Swiatek.

How did Swiatek beat Niemeier

On Monday, world number one Iga Swiatek advanced to the US Open quarterfinals for the first time in her career.

In two hours and 23 minutes, the top-seeded Pole rallied from a set down to defeat Germany's Jule Niemeier, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Niemeier imposed herself on Swiatek in the first set. She hit more than twice as many winners as her higher-ranked opponent - nine to four - and broke serve twice.

In comparison, she never faced a break point. In the second set, there were three sets of breaks exchanged before Swiatek pocketed a fourth break point to make it 1-1. The deciding set veered completely away from Niemeier as Swiatek finally came to her own in the match.

The two-time French Open champion won 75% of her first-serve and 71% of her second-serve points in the final set. She also won 57% and 83% points on first-serve and second-serve return, respectively. Swiatek faced three break points but saved all while securing three breaks on Niemeier’s serve.