Iga Swiatek opens up on people “judging” as she juggles Australian Open pressure

Despite being just 21-years-old, the Polish star has lit up women’s tennis and emerged as the sport’s dominant force. As well as sitting at No. 1 in the world, Swiatek won both the US Open and French Open in 2022, as well as the Tour Finals.

With talent of course comes pressure, and for the Pole this sort of attention at the very top of the game can often be very tricky to deal with.

Opening up on how 2023 will be a whole new challenge for her, she said: “This time it feels different because during the pre-season and my time at home, not being focused on playing matches, I had a lot of time to kind of think and analyse. I kind of realised what happened.

“Last year I was just focused on my next steps and my next matches. For sure I feel the expectations, that people kind of want to take for granted that I’m going to win those first rounds. It’s always not easy. Every match is a different story.


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