World No 1 Iga Swiatek says she is "pretty proud" of herself after achieving her second consecutive season with at least 45 wins. In the Warsaw quarterfinal, Swiatek saw off Linda Noskova 6-1 6-4 for her 45th WTA win of the 2023 season.
Last year, Swiatek went over 40 wins for the first time in her career as she finished the 2022 season with a 67-9 record. After beating Noskova, Swiatek was asked about clinching 45 WTA wins in back-to-back years. “I’m pretty proud of that.
It’s not easy to play two such consistent seasons in a row. So I’m happy even though we had some trouble with injuries I’m still able to play well and win matches," Swiatek said.
Swiatek loves the competition and challenges
Swiatek has been ranked at No 1 in the world since 2022 April and she is a four-time Grand Slam champion at the age of 22.
In a recent interview, Swiatek said the thing she and Novak Djokovic have in common is that they are driven by the competition. According to Swiatek, for her it's about going out and winning the match and not about the numbers and records that usually follow in her case.
"You have to ask Novak (laughs). I think we have competition in our blood. Me, when I play matches, I don't think about statistics and records. It was definitely his goal, but I will admit that it's always like we want to go out for the match and win it.
Regardless of which round it is and what the stake is.In a way, if we as players were thinking about all those points, numbers, stats, then it would be much harder. We don't play tennis to think about it," Swiatek told Przeglad Sportowy. With a few months left in the 2023 season, Swiatek will most definitely clinch many more wins before the season ends.