Iga Swiatek has voiced her opinion on the WTA’s decision to return to China, as she prepares to return to the tour from injury.
Swiatek played her last match in the semi-final of Indian Wells, before pulling out of the Miami Open and Poland’s Billie Jean King Cup qualifier with a rib injury caused by a ‘strong episode of tough cough’.
However, the Pole has revealed that she is feeling fit ahead of her Stuttgart title defence, “I’m not injured anymore, so that’s the most important thing for me.”
She continued, “I feel like I used that time in Warsaw well to rest a little bit and to not think about tennis. I have still been working out physically a little bit and obviously coming back to practising step by step. Here I am and I think I’m ready.”
“It’s the first tournament on clay, so for sure I would love to play well, but I also know that I might be a little bit rusty because coming back from injury it’s always a little bit like that. So, I’m keeping my expectations low, but for sure I want to play the best tennis possible.”
Iga Swiatek points to defend on clay
Swiatek begins her clay season in Germany, where she begins the defence of her ranking having been undefeated in the build-up to and including Roland Garros last year.
Here is what the No.1 has to defend this clay season:
Iga Swiatek ranking points total: 8975
Total clay season points: 3370 (37.5% of total points)