Iga Swiatek's season so far is a dream. Title in Indian Wells, Finals in Miami (with the concrete possibility of completing the Sunshine Double) and world no.1 of the WTA ranking. The very young Polish tennis player beat the American Jessica Pegula 6-2 7-5, gaining access to the final of the Miami Open 2022, where she will face Naomi Osaka in an open final, where experience (despite the young age of the two tennis players) and determination they will be the fundamental component for victory.
Who will make less mistakes, who will be more solid, will triumph. Naomi comes from a terrible time, and this finale could symbolize for her a starting point, indeed, a restart. Swiatek is confident, with dominant and devastating tennis this month, dominating opponents physically and mentally.
Iga is the favorite for the final victory, but for her it will be essential to manage the pressure of the event, a challenge full of meanings. Osaka, she could triumph if she can harness her incredible steely mind, which she sported until the Australian Open 2021, before she told the world about her mental problems.
But seeing the Japanese again in the final is excellent news for the WTA Tour.
Miami Open 2022: Iga Swiatek vs Naomi Osaka's PREVIEW
Swiatek said about the final: "I'm excited, but I don't want to change my attitude. Naomi Osaka in a final of a WTA 1000 after the one in Toronto that saw the Japanese triumph at the time? That match was very important, it was like the start of everything, I would even say that it was my first night session in the WTA, even if I'm not sure.
I am very proud of my progress, at that moment you cannot see if you are able to win those games and be the player you want to be, be on top and stay there. I'm also dealing with some sort of popularity at the moment, although I feel that Naomi is much more popular, she is that kind of person with a very strong commercial side in her career, so it will be a new experience for me to go against that type.
as a player. I haven't had the opportunity to be around players like that before, but that has changed for sure, I'm feeling it, so I can understand them more and more. In fact, I could be in a similar situation. " Osaka said: "A lot of people tell me I'm back but to be honest I don't feel like I'm gone.
I've always remained a player, I just haven't played games. Swiatek? I remember playing her. in Toronto when Iga had just started. My immediate thought was: Wow, this girl is an athlete! She glided across the field as if nothing had happened.
It's really amazing how far she has come, she's super motivated. I remember when I won Indian Wells and then they made me play Serena in the first round, I didn't know what to think. So I think it's amazing to see that she is still in the tournament, that she is still fighting and that she will soon be no.1. Is fantastic." Pic by: iNews.co.uk