Iga Swiatek addresses dealing with pressure of being No. 1 ahead of Australian Open

Swiatek thinks she will do a much better job of dealing with pressure in 2024.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek addresses dealing with pressure of being No. 1 ahead of Australian Open
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Iga Swiatek thinks she is now much better prepared to deal with the pressure of being the world No. 1 than 12 months earlier in Australia. 

Throughout 2023, it was evident that Swiatek massive pressure and expectations were negatively impacting Swiatek. It all culminated after Swiatek suffered a shock US Open round-of-16 loss and lost the world No. 1 spot to Aryna Sabalenka. 

Although Swiatek's confidence was low at that point, she managed to impressively bounce back and finish her season with back-to-back titles and the WTA Finals. By going 5-0 at the WTA Finals, Swiatek managed to regain the No. 1 spot from Sabalenka. Now, Swiatek says she is in a good mental state ahead of the United Cup and Australian Open.

"Playing these final matches in Cancun with such baggage on my shoulders in terms of rankings, it gave me a lot of confidence. I learned a lot about myself. I'm going to take it in 2024," Swiatek said during Media Day at the United Cup.

"Honestly, I'm looking ahead for these tournaments that are going to happen here in Australia for me. I want to take it step by step. I feel more prepared for sure to deal with the pressure of being World No.1 this year than last year."

Swiatek thinks she will also deal better with pressure at the Olympics 

In her Olympic debut in Tokyo, Swiatek was beaten by Paula Badosa in the second round. Swiatek didn't play particularly well during a straight-set defeat to Badosa and she got emotional afterward. Swiatek's Olympic debut maybe didn't go great but the Pole is confident she can do much better at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

"For sure the pressure was huge. I mean, you could see after I lost against Paula, I cried, it was a big fuss," Swiatek said. 

"This time is going to be a little bit different. I'm going to know the venue. It's going to be on my favorite surface. On the other hand, these also bring up more expectations from the outside.

"I guess I'll have to do the same kind of work as I do on every other tournament. I'm not going to lie to myself that it's going to be easy or the same because it will be different a little bit."

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