Ex-Slam champion applauds Iga Swiatek for highly-impressive WTA Finals run

Swiatek didn't lose a single set en route to winning her first WTA Finals title.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ex-Slam champion applauds Iga Swiatek for highly-impressive WTA Finals run
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1996 Australian Open doubles champion and tennis analyst Chanda Rubin applauded Iga Swiatek for how she was able to adapt to tricky Cancun conditions and improve her level with every match. At the WTA Finals, Swiatek went 5-0 and impressively won her first title at the prestigious season-ending tournament.

In the group stage, Swiatek claimed straight-set wins over reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova, reigning US Open champion Coco Gauff, and world No 6 Ons Jabeur. Then, Swiatek dismantled Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2 to reach the final and keep her hopes of finishing as the Year-End No 1.

In the final, Swiatek brutally destroyed Jessica Pegula 6-1 6-0, who was also 4-0 prior to the final. By winning the WTA Finals in such a way, Swiatek also regained the world No 1 spot from Sabalenka.

Rubin applauds Swiatek for her WTA Finals run

"To work your way into it, to start playing better tennis and to go through that event playing better and better each match, through the conditions that players had to deal with.

It was rainy, it was windy. At times it seemed impossible to control this little yellow tennis ball and yet Swiatek kept pushing and playing her game. I think for me, that was the most impressive part of it. She did get better each and every match.

To have the match like she did against Jessie Pegula, who was also playing incredible tennis mind you, to have that kind of match with so much on the line, she just continues to be so impressive, Iga Swiatek does," Rubin said on Tennis Channel's Inside In podcast.

After not-so-impressive runs at Wimbledon and the US Open and also losing the world No 1 spot, Swiatek responded in a big way. In the end, Swiatek finished her season with back-to-back titles at a WTA 1000 tournament in Beijing and the WTA Finals. Also, Swiatek managed return to No 1 before the season ended.

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