Iga Swiatek revealed that before the US Open she thought about loading up her schedule so she could give herself a stronger chance at retaining the world No 1 spot. Swiatek, who reached the world No 1 spot on April 4th, 2022, spent 75 consecutive weeks at the top spot before Aryna Sabalenka overtook her after the US Open.
“Before the US Open I was torn about whether I wanted to continue trying, play every tournament to fight to finish the year at No 1 in the world. After the US Open I realized there were more important things to take care of.
Sometimes it's better to take it easy. I've also changed my attitude a bit, I just want to be a better player. Honestly, on one hand, I had to force myself to stop. On the other, I felt that it is not the right way to go. I've had No 1 for a long time.
I think I deserve a little time to regroup and then be better. Giving up on goals is sometimes not the right way to go. I am happy that we have chosen to only play in Tokyo, Beijing and the WTA Finals. I think it would be easier if the WTA Finals were held earlier because then I could have a longer preseason to progress, but we have to adapt," Swiatek said, via The Tennis Letter.
Iga Swiatek says she was torn on if she wanted to play every tournament to chase the #1 ranking:
“Before the US Open I was torn about whether I wanted to continue trying, play every tournament to fight to finish the year at #1 in the world.
Swiatek focused on progress, not the world No 1 ranking
After Swiatek lost the world No 1 spot to Sabalenka, many expected the Pole to be determined to return to the top spot as soon as possible.
Last week, Swiatek played her first tournament since the US Open in Tokyo. This week, Swiatek is competing in a WTA 1000 event in Beijing. Since kicking off her Asian swing, Swiatek highlighted several times that she wants to use the remainder of the year to try some new things and focus on progress.
In Beijing, Swiatek has been looking great so far as she has been through to the quarterfinal without a dropped set. If Swiatek wins Beijing this week, she will reduce Sabalenka's lead and get closer to retaining the world No 1 spot.