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Iga Swiatek addresses declare that different gamers have been making about her

© Getty Pictures Sport – Clive Brunskill

Iga Swiatek admitted she was fairly pleased with the efficiency delivered in opposition to Sorana Cirstea in her Doha opener and likewise addressed claims that she is changing into a extra offensive and attacking participant. 

After struggling a shock Australian Open third-round loss to Linda Noskova, Swiatek returned to motion on Monday as she destroyed world No. 22 Sorana Cirstea 6-1 6-1 to begin her Doha title protection in a really spectacular manner.

Towards Cirstea, Swiatek missed out on two break factors within the second sport however stored her focus as she nonetheless simply received the opening set after breaking the Romanian within the fourth and sixth video games. Within the second set, Swiatek did not handle to interrupt Cirstea within the first sport of the set however then received six consecutive video games to seal a two-set win with simply two misplaced video games. 

The match lasted an hour and one minute and it was a reasonably one-sided battle as Swiatek did not enable Cirstea a single break level, whereas incomes 11 break factors and changing six instances en path to registering a dominant win. 

“For certain I am pleased with my efficiency, and I really feel prefer it was a very strong match. I form of felt like I used to be capable of hold my focus from the start until the tip. Then, you realize, after each sport I used to be extra assured and I might even, you realize, chill out a little bit bit extra on the finish. So I am completely happy that I simply performed strong,” Swiatek stated in her press convention.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Pictures Sport – Clive Brunskill


Swiatek on a declare that different gamers have been making about her

Swiatek, who can be turning 23 in Could, was a robust power on clay proper from the beginning of her profession as she grew to become a Grand Slam champion on the 2020 French Open. However though Swiatek managed to win a Grand Slam very early, it was evident that she nonetheless had to enhance her sport on exhausting and grass. 

Because the 2022 season – a 12 months by which Swiatek was completely dominant – the Pole has additionally established herself as a robust power on exhausting. And one of many important causes behind Swiatek enhancing her sport on exhausting is the truth that the Pole has develop into extra aggressive. 

Following Swiatek’s win over Cirstea, a reporter advised Swiatek that some gamers have been saying that she is “changing into way more offensive or attacking sooner than in comparison with a few years in the past.” Swiatek was then requested to share her ideas on that declare. 

“Properly, I believe the most important distinction was, you realize, in 2022 after I began, you realize, working extra on this offensive formations it was a little bit bit simpler for me to make use of them in the course of the match, and for certain I felt like I’ve extra selection and I might use it,” Swiatek defined.

“I might say it relies upon. I’ve instances the place I really feel, yeah, like, I am taking part in typically even too aggressively, so I am nonetheless studying easy methods to stability that to make use of all these benefits that, you realize, being a fantastic protection participant and having this, you realize, potential to play excessive topspin and the balls which might be going to push my opponent farther from the baseline and alternatively having the ability to typically go ahead and play extra flat.

“So I really feel like I can do each, however I really feel like I nonetheless have to be taught, you realize, easy methods to handle it one of the best ways and choose the precise options and proper tournaments and proper surfaces. However my coach is absolutely sensible and he has a very good eye, so he all the time tells me what would be the best choice, in order that’s actually useful.”

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Pictures Sport – Clive Brunskill


Swiatek pleased with how her forehand clicked in opposition to Cirstea

Within the Australian Open third spherical, Noskova actually went after Swiatek’s forehand and tried to focus on that particular shot. However in opposition to Cirstea, Swiatek did not have any difficulties on the forehand facet because it labored very easily. After beating Cirstea, Swiatek admitted to reporters that she labored on her forehand since her Australian Open loss.

“Properly, I am getting there (smiling). No, I imply, as you can see on the match, it labored, you realize. Now we have been working exhausting for it to be higher,” Swiatek acknowledged.

In the meantime, Swiatek additionally highlighted that the exhausting floor in Doha is “slower” than the exhausting floor at Melbourne Park.

“Oh, yeah, for certain. It is for certain way more slower, yeah,” Swiatek stated.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Pictures Sport – Clive Brunskill


Since Swiatek had a first-round bye in Doha, her opener got here within the second spherical and he or she has been by way of to the round-of-16 after beating Cirstea. For a spot within the Doha quarterfinal, Swiatek performs in opposition to the winner of the match between No. 14 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova and Erika Andreeva. 

Whereas Swiatek has but to be taught the identify of her Doha round-of-16 opponent, she would be the favourite whoever she meets. 

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