Here is Iga Swiatek's projected path to Tokyo title

Swiatek, 22, set for her debut appearance in Tokyo.

by Dzevad Mesic
Here is Iga Swiatek's projected path to Tokyo title
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Iga Swiatek is set to return to action and the Pole has learned her projected path to the Tokyo title. After suffering a shock US Open round-of-16 exit, Swiatek is playing again at next week's WTA 500 tournament in Tokyo. In the Japanese capital, Swiatek is the top-seeded player and has a first-round bye.

After a first-round bye, Swiatek will likely play against Noa Hibino in her tournament opener. In the Tokyo quarterfinal, Swiatek is projected to play a seeded player for the first time in the tournament as she could easily meet against eighth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova.

The semifinal stage in Tokyo could bring a major matchup as Swiatek and 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina are projected to battle for a final spot. Should Swiatek reach the Tokyo final, the names that she could meet there include Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari and Caroline Garcia.

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Swiatek hopes to bounce back in Tokyo

At the US Open, Swiatek failed to defend her title after surprisingly losing to Jelena Ostapenko in the round-of-16. With that result, Swiatek also lost the world No 1 ranking for the first time since achieving it in 2022 April.

Two days later, Swiatek shared a message. "Last 1,5 year was a time of observing and experiencing how much people talk and write about 'defending', 'defense' - of titles, ranking position, points... I was surprised sometimes to start to think this way because of this.

But... I don't need to defend anything and this is a good moment to write down some thoughts. For me sport is a cycle of constant changes exactly like in everyday life, we can either win or lose - that's it, it's so simple. New season, next tournament, new opportunities to GAIN, ACHIEVE, not defend something.

Clean slate. During this year's US swing I could win and achieve more, that's for sure. I know some of you expected more, many of you expected 'defending' the No 1 ranking, the title. But I stick to my mindset: when I work hard, I'm developing myself and doing my job, I will create many more chances to WIN, to ACHIEVE my goals and not to defend," Swiatek said in a message posted after her US Open exit. It remains to be seen if Swiatek can bounce back by winning Tokyo in her tournament debut.

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