Iga Swiatek gives an honest and bitter analysis of the start of the season

The world no.1 explained how 2023 begins, any result she would have achieved would have been insufficient

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Iga Swiatek gives an honest and bitter analysis of the start of the season
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Iga Swiatek closed 2023 with a victory at the WTA Finals, also regaining the promo place in the WTA ranking. This season she won her 3rd Roland Garros, balancing a very positive season. However, she received some unjustified and gratuitous criticism, for some of the negative moments she encountered during the season.
Iga admitted to feeling the pressure to defend her points and her titles, which resulted in a lack of will and determination, as she herself highlighted in an interview with puntodebreak.com. "That period was hard.

When the season started, everyone was wondering how I would play after such a successful year, so I felt that any result I had would be insufficient, anything other than winning the tournament. Instead of wanting to win, I hoped not to lose.

It was not something constructive, I started the events in the Middle East with a different approach."

Iga Swiatek told her season

In the same interview, the Pole explained: "This has been the most difficult year of my career, although my possibilities are also increasing.

What seemed complicated to me two years ago, doesn't seem so complicated now. It's not just about adapting to situations, since I started the season as No. 1 and then lost that position, but also injuries. Being number 1 in the world again is definitely a dream come true.

I would say that after this season I didn't expect to return to this position at the end of the year, I was already thinking about next year and doing well again. Instead I played a great tournament, this is proof that working hard and focusing on the right things pays off in the end.

I can say I'm really happy. " Iga will be one of the most awaited star at the upcoming Australian Swing, on the fast surfaces of the Melbourne Park. She will try to win a Slam tournament in which she never shone: to do it, she will need to overcome the difficulty of playing on a fast surface like that of Malbourne.

Iga Swiatek