Iga Swiatek reveals when she realized she could do big things in the game

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Iga Swiatek reveals when she realized she could do big things in the game

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek revealed that the National Bank Open in Toronto was the place where she first realized she could do something big in the game. In 2019, an 18-year-old qualifier Swiatek made her debut at the National Bank Open in Toronto.

After winning two qualifying matches and getting through her main draw first round match, Swiatek upset former world No, 1 Caroline Wozniacki 1-6 6-3 6-4. In her next match, Swiatek competed extremely well against former world No.

1 Naomi Osaka, but the Japanese escaped with a 7-6 (4) 6-4 win. Three years later, Swiatek is a two-time Grand Slam champion and the top-ranked player in the world. "Remembering that, I can see how much work I put in and how different I feel right now," Swiatek said, per the WTA website.

"Every practice back then I was studying and seeing how I'm going to feel, seeing who I can play, who is too strong for me. These two matches that I played against Caroline Wozniacki and Naomi are the two matches that made me feel like I can do something."

Swiatek hasn't lost on hard in a while

This week, Swiatek is set to kick off her summer on hard courts. Swiatek is the top-seeded player in the Toronto main draw and she is the top favorite for the title. Swiatek's stunning streak of 37 wins started in late February, when the Pole went all the way in Doha.

After winning Doha, Swiatek made it all the way in Indian Wells and Miami. Swiatek has won her last 17 matches on hard and improving her game on hard has been one the highlights of the Pole's stunning rise in 2022. Swiatek, 21, is set to make her second appearance at the National Bank Open in Toronto.

Swiatek played well in her Toronto debut three years ago and it will be interesting to see how she does now as the top favorite.