World No.1 Iga Swiatek is delighted to be back in Indian Wells as she loves the desert vibe and atmosphere. Swiatek, 21, captured her first Indian Wells title after beating Maria Sakkari in last year’s final at the tournament.
Before his title defense in Indian Wells, Swiatek shared a message. «Calm mornings, a lot of work done every day, beautiful scenery. So good to be back in tennis paradise! Hello, BNP Paribas Open.» Swiatek tweeted.
ðŸŒ´Calm mornings, a lot of work done every day, beautiful scenery… It’s good to be back in tennis paradise!
Hello @BNPPARIBASOPEN ðŸ¥°
ðŸŒ´Calm mornings, a lot of work every day, beautiful views… It’s good to be back in Indian Wells!
ðŸ¥° pic.twitter.com/pV3uNQFWNv — Iga ÅšwiÄ…tek (@iga_swiatek) March 5, 2023
Swiatek is the defending champion in the Sunshine Double
Last year, Swiatek absolutely dominated the Sunshine Double as he went all the way to Indian Wells and Miami.
Going into this year’s WTA 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, Swiatek is considered the top favorite to win it all. Also, Swiatek is in good shape. In mid-February, Swiatek won her first title of the year in Doha. The following week, Swiatek reached the Doha final before suffering an upset loss to Barbora Krejcikova.
Two days after the loss in the Dubai final, Swiatek urged her fans to avoid placing unrealistic expectations of her. «Yesterday I was still in Dubai, today I am in Warsaw, soon in Indian Wells. These last few weeks have been intense and challenging, but we have made great work and progress.
I enjoyed the tournaments in Doha and Dubai and although I lost the final in Dubai (congratulations Barbora!) my level was good despite the infection and I gave everything I could at the moment. I can see that some of you have higher expectations of me, but hey.
I’m only human. I’ll keep my standards high, enjoy my time on tour and keep working hard. At the end of the day that’s all I can control. My effort and commitment. Thank you all for the support and see you soon!» Swiatek said in a message posted on his Twitter last Monday. It remains to be seen if Swiatek can defend his titles in Indian Wells and Miami.