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Iga Swiatek hopes to achieve new success in Indian Wells

Iga Swiatek hopes to achieve new success in Indian Wells

Iga Swiatek hopes to achieve new success in Indian Wells

Iga Swiatek hopes to achieve new success in Indian Wells

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  • Iga Swiatek hopes to achieve new success in Indian Wells.
  • She is learning to manage the demands heaped on a world number one.
  • Swiatek was defeated by Elena Rybakina in the round of 16 of the Australian Open.
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INDIAN WELLS: As she begins her title defence at the Indian Wells ATP and WTA Masters, Iga Swiatek, who is learning to manage the demands heaped on a world number one, says she is looking forward rather than back.

The Warsaw native, 21, dominated tennis in 2022, winning big matches in Miami, Doha, and Indian Wells among other tournaments.

She’d win two Grand Slam tournaments this year—the French Open and the US Open—and conclude the year with two of them, but on Wednesday she said she’s trying “not really to dwell about what happened last year and remember that’s a different tale.”

Swiatek was defeated by Elena Rybakina in the round of 16 of the Australian Open, and a month after successfully defending her Doha WTA championship, Barbora Krejcikova stunned her in the Dubai final.

Iga said: “Sometimes it’s also important to remember that you can lose,”

“There are other players who are also playing great tennis. Last season spoiled me a little bit.”

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She acknowledged that a string of straightforward victories—she hasn’t played a three-setter this year—may have let a little complacency to set in.

She said, “I still have to kind of remember that I’m going to have tight matches and to fight for every ball.”

She claimed that she makes an effort to block out criticism from outside sources as she and her coach analyse each setback and seek to make improvements.

Although though her loss against Krejcikova, a former French Open winner who is currently ranked 30th in the world, received criticism, Swiatek herself was satisfied with her performance in Doha and Dubai. She noted that reaching both finals was, in reality, a strong result.

Swiatek said, “Last year, before all this huge streak, before winning all these tournaments, I would be so happy with the result, but because of these comments right now I felt like ‘Oh, that’s not enough,’”

“So I’m trying not to read a lot of these things and I don’t want it to influence me because I’m happy with the work I’ve made and with how I played in, Doha and Dubai.”

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Swiatek’s top spot is secure after Indian Wells and Miami, but she’ll face a competitive field in the California desert where she hopes to join Martina Navratilova in 1990–1991 as the only female champion to successfully defend her title twice.

After receiving a bye in the opening round, she will face either Alison van Uytvanck or Claire Liu. She might run with Canadian Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 champion, in the third round, which could be challenging.

Paula Badosa of Spain, the winner in 2021, and Belarusian veteran Victoria Azarenka, who won in 2012 and 2016, are the other two past winners in the lineup.
The second seed, Australian Open winner Aryna Sabalenka, hopes to better on her performance from 2022, when she lost in the second round.

Evgenya Rodina, who defeated France’s Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-5, will be Sabalenka’s first opponent.

In her first match since the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur, who reached the semifinals here in 2021, is placed fourth, behind home favourite Jessica Pegula in third place.

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After having minor knee surgery, the Tunisian was unable to participate in the WTA’s Middle Eastern swing.

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