Iga Swiatek not too long ago spoke about going via a bunch of feelings whereas coping with the large expectations that got here with turning into the World No. 1.
The Pole skilled a sudden rise to the highest of the WTA rankings after then World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty introduced her retirement in April 2022. Whereas chatting with Sport.pl, Iga Swiatek revealed that she hardly had any time to adapt to the demanding scenario.
“The truth that Ash determined to finish his profession, I used to be No. 2 for lower than per week, after which in in the future I turned No. 1, solely meant that I needed to rapidly discover myself in a brand new, extremely demanding scenario,” Iga Swiatek stated.
The 21-year-old, nonetheless, dealt with the scenario exceptionally effectively and placed on a flawless efficiency which noticed her win six titles within the first half of 2022, together with a WTA 500, 4 WTA 1000s and her second French Open title. She additionally recorded the very best WTA successful streak of the century with 37 straight wins.
Her streak was damaged at Wimbledon by Alize Cornet and the World No. 1 quickly confronted many defeats which created moments of self-doubt, as she admitted to juggling excessive expectations and battling “voices of hysteria.”
“It was laborious to not have expectations after successful six tournaments for six months. These expectations have been, in a manner, and at one level I formulated them for myself, but in addition the skin world imposed them on me. There have been voices of hysteria about what was taking place to me after shedding one recreation,” she stated.
“Your entire interval within the States was tough for me” – Iga Swiatek on dealing with a tricky time in the course of the US Open
After a collection of setbacks, Iga Swiatek lifted her seventh title of the season on the 2022 US Open. She, nonetheless, admitted that the event in New York was powerful for her as she needed to navigate via many challenges together with a faltering type.
“For certain, successful the US Open value me much more. Your entire interval within the States was tough for me and I needed to face many challenges, together with with balls that result in quite a lot of errors and are tough to manage. I tailored to all circumstances and I’m proud that I survived to the tip,” Iga Swiatek confessed.
“I might at all times wish to entertain the viewers and impress with my recreation, and on this event, I needed to be taught to win with out fireworks. And that’s the most respected lesson for me,” she added.
Iga Swiatek, who considers herself an “individualist”, revealed that she had a tough time collaborating along with her workforce on the US Open however was grateful for his or her continued assist.
“It is simply that working with me just isn’t fixed, as it’s with everybody. There are good occasions, however there are additionally laborious occasions. The keep within the USA was demanding for me and the entire workforce felt it for certain. Quite a lot of rigidity and stress have an effect on relationships, and dealing on it may be a problem. However I do know the workforce understands this, helps me and is aware of that there are moments of overload for everybody,” she stated.