Former four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters suggests that Iga Swiatek’s study and analysis of the game has played a part in the Pole’s surprising rise. In 2022, Swiatek established herself as the most dominant player on the WTA Tour and the new face of women’s tennis following the retirement of Ashleigh Barty.
This year, Swiatek won two Grand Slams and there was a period between February and July, during which she won 37 consecutive matches, setting the record for the longest winning streak on the WTA Tour in the 21st century.
«This year and the past few years, I’ve loved seeing her [Iga Swiatek] grow, not only on the tennis court, but also mentally. Just the way he’s able to up his game. He has such an open mind to learn and absorb from all the greats who walk in the Grand Slams, from the coaches.
She listens to the commentators, picks up a lot of things and is able to absorb them better than anyone I’ve seen on the women’s circuit,» Clijsters said on The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast, quoted in Sportskeeda.
Clijsters on Swiatek raising his game in 2022
After the 2021 season ended, Swiatek placed an emphasis on becoming a more aggressive player in 2022. It didn’t take long for Swiatek to learn how to be more aggressive and it did wonders for her this year.
«You can say that she was able to win a lot of tournaments when she was younger because she was able to return so many balls than the other girls because she was so much more consistent. But what she’s been able to do is take control of the offensive part of the game and she’s really been able to learn how to do it.
That’s a really hard thing to do when your nature is to be a little more defensive and trust your movement. She steps up, her movement is better, she’s even more consistent, but now she’s also more aggressive.
That’s where it becomes, sometimes, really hard to beat,» Clijsters explained. Going into the new season, Swiatek is the most-tipped player to achieve big things in 2023. It remains to be seen if Swiatek can win more Grand Slams next year. next time. year.