Iga Swiatek explains decision to withdraw from Sydney before Australian Open
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World No, 9 Iga Swiatek has announced her withdrawal from Sydney. Swiatek, 20, had been expected to make her debut at the Sydney event this week. Swiatek, a former world No. 4, kicked off her 2022 season in Adelaide. Swiatek failed to defend her Adelaide title but enjoyed a solid run as she made the semifinal.
Following an intense preseason, Swiatek made a deep run in Adelaide. Swiatek decided the best thing for her right now would be to take a break the week before the Australian Open. "After intense preseason and last week's tournament in Adelaide, I feel like my body needs more time to recover before the Australian Open.
I've been feeling some pain in my lower rib area which is why unfortunately I've decided to withdraw from tournament in Sydney," Swiatek announced. "I really hope to play for you next year. See you in Melbourne!"
Swiatek hopes to return to Adelaide
Swiatek stood no chance in the Adelaide semifinal as world No.
1 Ashleigh Barty claimed a 6-2 6-4 win over the Pole. I know what I want to improve, I know where I want to be. Thanks Ash, huge respect for your performance today. That was good week for me. Hope that one of many this [email protected] I'm looking forward to coming back here next year, your one of my favorite tournaments," Swiatek said in a Twitter post.
Swiatek clinched a few strong wins in Adelaide as she beat Daria Saville, Leylah Fernandez and Victoria Azarenka. "I'm pretty happy with my results here. My draw wasn't easy. I played really solid vs. Leylah & Vika," Swiatek said after the loss, per WTA Insider.
“Today was a good match. It was more even than the score says. I'm happy w/ my performance. Of course I'm not satisfied because I lost. I know what mistakes I've done."