"I try to think there is no limit," says Iga Swiatek, the new no. 1 WTA player in the world. At 20, she's gone through multiple win streaks, defeating the best and grabbing triple career titles. There may be always room for improvement but the young Pole has shown her on-court experiences are excellent and she wants to keep it that way as long as she can.
She's had an amazing run and after defeating Naomi Osaka in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 to win the Miami Open, Swiatek is forced to sit back and see her present accomplishments. "These weeks were so intense I didn't really know if I would be able to keep up with the streak that I have," she worriedly said to the Eurosport media.
"It's amazing for me that I could show mental toughness because my whole life I thought I could do more and sometimes I was losing and I didn't even know why." But the wins are outweighing the losses and for Iga it may start to become overwhelming but in a good way.
The opening set with Naomi Osaka was at first nerve-racking but after winning it, Iga had gotten renewed energy physically and mentally. "It was pretty hard to break Naomi in the first set...but in the second set I felt like the pressure I was putting in it was easier to attack...I didn't want her to come back because she could be really dangerous...I wanted to dominate first." But Swiatek had all the answers on the court and making Osaka hit that one more ball, was the pressure needed to break Naomi's game and for Swiatek to win the championship.
The 20-year-old won the Qatar Total Open, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and now the Miami Open. The Championship at Charleston is coming up, but Swiatek may be a bit weary as to not approaching it fresh and as strong as she had the previous three events.
The same day on defeating Osaka, she was forced to withdraw from the Credit One Charleston Open on the manner of just being exhausted and battling with an arm injury. "Right now it's too surreal to describe it honestly," Iga had said even after defeating Maria Sakkari to win her first Indian Wells title.
The wins and the strategies are seeping in as to first what to do in regrouping. Resting is the major goal and feeling accomplished about now being the no. 1 player in the world after Ashleigh Barty's abrupt retirement from tennis.
Can Iga Swiatek keep her momentum sharp after her short rest and begin the clay season on a great note? She should, but rest can serve as a positive and negative realm and for Iga she's only as good as her last show which was excellent.
She only wants to rest and not let her strategies get cold when on the court. There may be a fine line though, but only she will know when it's time to continue on the competitive court and how will her techniques stand up to her next opponent.