World No 1 Iga Swiatek said she was ready for Caroline Garcia's aggressive game-style as the Pole was glad with the way she handled the business against the Frenchwoman. In her second group stage match at the WTA Finals, Swiatek saw off Garcia 6-3 6-2 to improve to 2-0 in Fort Worth and seal a semifinal ticket.
Swiatek, who lost to Garcia in Warsaw this summer, entered their WTA Finals match knowing what to expect and this time responded much better than she did three months ago. After the match, Swiatek was asked how she managed to handle the pressure from Garcia.
“Don’t cry?” Swiatek said jokingly after the match, per the WTA website. “Because, yeah, she was putting a lot of pressure and putting a lot of speed on her balls. I was ready for that”.
Swiatek feels her focus is better at the WTA Finals
Three weeks ago, Swiatek won the San Diego Open.
But en route to winning San Diego, Swiatek played three sets in three of her four matches. This week at the WTA Finals, Swiatek has won two matches in straight sets. "In San Diego, I felt like I needed to, I don't know, lose one set to get on a different level of focus.
Maybe because I was tired. Here I feel I can give it all in. It's the last tournament of the season. I'm giving it 100% physically and mentally," Swiatek told WTA Insider.
By beating Garcia and Daria Kasatkina, Swiatek has guaranteed herself a place in the WTA Finals semifinal.
Swiatek on her efficiency: "In San Diego, I felt like I needed to, I don't know, lose one set to get on a different level of focus.
Maybe b/c I was tired. Here I feel I can give it all in. It's the last tournament of the season. I'm giving it 100% physically and mentally." pic.twitter.com/QLtJXx7tFi — WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) November 4, 2022
Swiatek, 21, has had a very dominant season as she now has a very strong chance to win her ninth title of the year. After winning two Grand Slam titles and reaching the No 1 ranking, Swiatek would certainly absolutely love to finish her year by winning her maiden WTA Finals title.