The Pole Iga Swiatek won her second career title in the WTA event of Adelaide, by sharply beating Belinda Bencic and showing exceptional tennis, dominating both the final and the entire Australian tournament. Swiatek did not drop a set on the way to the title.
19-year-old she conceded 28 games in seven matches and she will rise to world No. 15. In the press conference at the end of the final, Swiatek said: "For sure, there is something that clicks. Not only in my head but also tennis-wise.
I feel pretty good on court. I feel like sometimes I have weeks when everything clicks, and that's just the effect of the work we're doing. It's good for me because I can see that I can play good tennis for the whole week.
It wasn't like one time during the French Open. It gives me more confidence that I'm more developed player and I can play good more often. It just gives me motivation. Our goal right now is to have that more often, because I know I can play great tennis.
It's just all about planning, aiming for the specific tournament to have the best shape possible."
Her opponent, Belinda Bencic, talked about the defeat in the press conference after the final.
She said: "I struggled a lot today with how different she played. I just couldn't figure out her patterns or her serve or anything at all. It's the unpredictable-ness. I think she plays everything just little bit different than I ' m expecting.
So not the usual patterns which you would expect. I think I'm a pretty good anticipator. But today it was a little bit off - of course, thanks to her game. Then I think she plays with much more spin and heaviness. Also the balls you think you can reach are just jumping over you.
It makes it harder to make a defense, to counterpunch. I'm thinking about it. I would definitely start differently. I'm not sure in which direction yet , but something I would change. I would not go to the match the same tactics.
I'm not sure which other tactics to use, but for sure I would come up with something when I would be able to go on the court again."