She’s lost just seven games in her lost four matches, and at 21 years of age she sits all alone atop the WTA rankings, a whopping 4,800 points ahead of her closest rival.
It would be easy to think that there is nothing that Iga Swiatek can improve about her tennis, but the cerebral, ambitious Pole sees it differently.
Asked to elaborate her goals for the year during a press conference on Tuesday in Dubai (after trouncing Leylah Fernandez 6-1, 6-1), Swiatek refuses to be confined to the simple realm of results. Rather, the three-time Grand Slam champion expressed her desire to continue her development holistically, angling for mental and spiritual touchstones as well as forehands and backhands.
“They’re not really based on results,” was Swiatek’s response. “It’s more about how I want to approach the tournaments mentally, my attitude, and developing as a player because I feel I have many things to improve on court. Sometimes it’s not going to be visible by results or the way I play. I think I can have more options on court. These are my goals.”