World No 1 Iga Swiatek admits she feels she “can actually improve many things” as she acknowledged that she is still just 21. Swiatek, who will be turning 22 in May, enjoyed a very dominant and successful 2022 season.
Even though Swiatek is now considered the best and most dominant player on the WTA Tour, she has vowed to continue working hard and trying to further improve her game. On Monday, Swiatek returned to action by representing the Kites team at the inaugural World Tennis League in Dubai.
Before the tournament started, doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna shared some volleying tips to Swiatek. “There’s always something to improve. I’m 21, so I think I can actually do many things, but on volleys, especially, we’ve been working on my volley game.
Rohan [Bopanna] taught me some volleys before the tournament. So it’s his fault that I missed one of them on game point,” Swiatek said.
Swiatek on the unique World Tennis League format
Each tie at the World Tennis League consists of one men’s, women’s and mixed doubles match.
However, it’s not the wins that count but the games won. The Kites team, which is represented by Swiatek, defeated the Eagles team 35-27 on the opening day. Swiatek defeated Caroline Garcia with a 6-3 6-4 score, making a five-game difference on the overall score.
“Truth be told, I wasn’t counting games. I’m pretty confident I can focus on other things in matches, change something up with my tactics, or just implement what I’ve been working on in the off-season.
The score isn’t the most important thing here. Mostly it’s fun and learning, so I’m pretty happy that I played such a solid game,” Swiatek reflected. In the first match of the tie, Bianca Andreescu and Nick Kyrgios defeated Eugenie Bouchard and Holger Rune 6-2 6-3 to give the Eagles team an early lead.
Swiatek then defeated Garcia, before Auger-Aliassime saw off Kyrgios 7-5 6-3 to complete a comeback win for the team Kites.