Each Swiatek has established a new record for fewest games lost en route to winning a WTA title. This week in Doha, Swiatek lost a total of five games en route to defending his title at the tournament. After a first round bye, Swiatek destroyed Danielle Collins 6-0 6-1 in the round of 16.
Belinda Bencic then delivered a walkover to Swiatek before dismantling Veronika Kudermetova 6-0 6-1 to reach the final. In the Doha final, Swiatek delivered another bagel as she beat second seed Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-0.
With only five games lost, Swiatek has set a new Open Era record for fewest games lost en route to winning a title.
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by losing just 5 games* to win a WTA event, Iga Swiatek sets a new record for fewest games conceded
*she played only 3 matches, everyone else here had at least 4
through @WTA pic.twitter.com/5PzsulLwuB —Diego Barbiani (@Diego_Barbiani) February 18, 2023
Swiatek: I don’t care how many games I won or lost
When Swiatek was asked about his amazing performance in Doha, he insisted that the most important thing was to win the title and bounce back from a disappointing Australian Open.
«Sure the goodbye helped, honestly I don’t care how many games I won or lost I feel like I really found my groove here after a rocky start to the season.» Swiatek said, according to Tennis Majors.
Defending the title he won last year, @iga_swiatek is a two-time champion of Doha ðŸ †ðŸ †
«The goodbye sure helped…Honestly, I don’t care how many games I won or lost, I feel like I really found my rhythm here after a rocky start to the season.» — Tennis Majors (@Tennis_Majors) February 18, 2023
12 months ago, Swiatek won Doha and then showed his support for Ukraine.
Today, Swiatek defended his Doha title and reminded Ukraine again. «When I sat there, I thought back to last year, that was the first tournament where I had a chance to give a speech when the war in Ukraine started. We have a pretty short memory.»
We should all support Ukrainians with everything they face every day. It is disappointing that this situation does not change, but I hope they remain strong,» said Swiatek.
«We should all support the Ukrainians with everything they face every day.
It’s disappointing that this situation doesn’t change, but I hope they stay strong.» — Tennis Majors (@Tennis_Majors) February 18, 2023
Meanwhile, Swiatek now has his first title of the 2023 season. Next week, Swiatek will compete in Dubai. Since Swiatek didn’t spend a lot of time on the court in Doha, she probably still feels fresh in Doha.