Pam Shriver says Iga Swiatek’s recent form reminds her of the most dominant play by Serena Williams and some other all-time greats. Last week, Swiatek won Doha with a total of five games lost in three games played; that was a new record for the lowest number of games lost en route to winning a title.
After winning Doha, Swiatek kicked off her Dubai campaign by demolishing 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez 6-1 6-1. In her next Dubai match, Swiatek destroyed Liudmila Samsonova 6-1 6-0. «Wow, Iga’s level is next level and he hardly loses games against tough opponents.
It is reminiscent of the most dominant work of Navratilova, Graf, Seles and Serena,» Shriver tweeted.
Wow Iga level is next level atm barely dropping games against tough opponents. It is reminiscent of the more dominant work of Navratilova, Graf, Seles and Serena.
—Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) February 21, 2023
Trembling impressed by Swiatek’s recent form
At her pre-tournament press conference in Dubai, Swiatek was asked a very direct question, and she responded with a very candid answer.
«They say you could be the next dominant player in women’s tennis. Do you think you can live up to that title?» Swiatek was asked in Dubai. Swiatek replied: «I think last season he was already pretty dominant, so yeah.» Swiatek got off to a slow start to his 2023 season as he didn’t look his usual in Australia.
After not living up to expectations in Australia, Swiatek needed a reset and it worked for her. “It was the beginning of the season. My preseason was pretty intense on and off the pitch. I still feel like I did a very good job in United Cup.
Before the day of the trip, I was playing very, very solid games. At the Australian Open I also played Elena. [Rybakina], and she totally deserved to win. She went to the final later. She sure was in good shape.»
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