Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek has admitted that she is devastated over what is happening in Ukraine but expressed hope that sport will connect the people and bring them joy in these tough and challenging times. "I always wanted sport to connect people, to give them joy, good, and make an impact, but in the current situation it's just not right to talk about my sports success, my today's win.
I don't have words to describe what is happening in Ukraine. I can't imagine the Ukrainian's suffering, the whole families' pain," Swiatek wrote in a message posted on her social media. "People who stayed there and for those who had no choice and left so suddenly.
Everything I want to say seems just not enought. I would like to express my solidarity with out friends from Ukraine. "And if sport can connect us even if a bit today and give us a tiny bit of joy in these tough moments, I'm grateful for that."
Swiatek set to play the Indian Wells Masters
Swiatek, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world, is set to make her second appearance at the Indian Wells Masters. Swiatek tried to sneak into the Indian Wells Masters main draw in 2019 but failed to make it past the qualifying evemt.
Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, finally made her Indian Wells debut last year. Unfortunately for Swiatek, It wasn't quite a memorable Indian Wells debut as she suffered a round-of-16 defeat to Jelena Ostapenko.
Swiatek arrived to Indian Wells in good form and absolutely as one of the top contenders for the title. Swiatek played well in Australia as she made back-to-back semifinals in Adelaide and the Australian Open. Two weeks ago, Swiatek captured her first WTA title of the season in Dubai. It remains to be seen if Swiatek can now win Indian Wells and collect back-to-back titles.