Iga Swiatek says she doesn't know what the future can bring but highlighted that her pulling an Ashleigh Barty and retiring at a very young age is highly unlikely to happen. In 2022 March, the then WTA world No 1 Barty shockingly walked away from pro tennis at the age of 25.
At the time, Barty was coming off her third Grand Slam win at the Australian Open and she was widely considered the best player in women's tennis. But Barty lost motivation for the sport and she thought that continuing like that would make no sense.
Since Barty's retirement, 22-year-old Swiatek has achieved the most in women's tennis as the Pole is ranked at No 1 and has won three Grand Slams since.
Swiatek on if she could pull a Barty one day
"Nobody knows what the future will bring.
We can't control everything. Ash had achieved so much that she had every right to take such a step. I don't know if I would have the courage to make a similar decision. I would probably keep playing, keep trying. On the other hand, I know that each year can be more challenging.
Currently, we have a lot of responsibilities outside the court, we are constantly observed and assessed. Nobody said that we have to play until the age of 35, when we will barely be able to walk because of the wear and tear on our bodies.
The other thing is that I don't want to let it wear out like that. That's why sometimes I have to make difficult decisions, judged by others, and give up a performance," Swiatek told SportoweFakty. When Barty retired, Swiatek replaced the Australian tennis legend at the world No 1 spot.
In several interviews, Swiatek admitted that she was stunned by Barty's retirement and that she wasn't really ready for everything that happened and her new situation at the time.