Justine Henin: Iga Swiatek has to convince herself she is 'the boss' on WTA Tour

Swiatek has been absolutely dominant since Ashleigh Barty's shock retirement from tennis.

by Dzevad Mesic
Justine Henin: Iga Swiatek has to convince herself she is 'the boss' on WTA Tour

Justine Henin believes Iga Swiatek has done enough to prove that she deserves to be where she is and the next step for the Pole is convincing herself that she is "the boss" in the women's game. After Ashleigh Barty shockingly retired from pro tennis, Swiatek replaced her at the No 1 position and since then there haven't been any changes at the top spot.

Last year, Swiatek captured two Grand Slams, won eight of her nine finals, and set a new record for the most consecutive wins on the WTA Tour in the 21st century (37). “I think she has the makings of a world No. 1 and maybe a new boss.

But she has to convince herself of that, and at the same time, doubt also accompanies the greatest champions. Maybe that's why she is a great champion who is being born," Henin told Eurosport's Arnold Montgault.

Henin on why Swiatek being 'the boss' is good for the game

In 2022, Swiatek enjoyed one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory.

Although Henin believes Swiatek's rise and success is a good thing for the women's game, she also believes the Pole needs to have a great rival. Basically Henin is saying there needs to be one player who is "the boss" and other great players who are doing their best to end that dominance.

“Competition is healthy. I think the circuit really needs to have a player who is the boss because it's important to have a point of reference. I think the women's circuit has lacked for many years a point of reference, even though we have seen players at times really shine.

In 2022, Iga Swiatek was absolutely brilliant, she backed it up on hard court even if it wasn't easy at the US Open. But we have talked about Novak Djokovic before and his hunger to win, to prove things. That's what's missing on the women's circuit because there are so many opportunities," Henin explained. Going into this year's Australian Open, Swiatek is the top favorite for the title.

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