Swiatek Is “Scared” To Change Pre-Match Playlist Because It Got Her To World No.1

Swiatek is ‘afraid’ to change pre-match playlist because he took it to No. 1 in the world

During the on-court interview after her three-set win against Jule Niemeier in the US Open quarterfinals, Iga Swiatek shared that she’s afraid to mix up her pre-match playlist because she’s been listening to it for over a year.

Since Swiatek’s top position in 2021 was fourth, her current playlist helped her capture the WTA world number one position. “Basically, it’s Thunderstruck, then Even Flow (by Pearl Jam), then GorillaZ, then Porch (by Pearl Jam), then Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin), and I’m pretty scared to change it.

I’ve been listening to it for a year now and I’m pretty bored, but it’s working so I have to stick with it,» Swiatek said.

How did Swiatek beat Niemeier?

On Monday, world number one Iga Swiatek advanced to the US Open quarterfinals for the first time in her career.

In two hours and 23 minutes, the top-seeded Pole recovered from a set down to defeat Germany’s Jule Niemeier, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Niemeier beat Swiatek in the first set. She hit more than twice as many winners as her highest-ranked opponent (nine to four) and broke serve twice.

By comparison, he never faced a breaking point. In the second set, three break sets were traded before Swiatek pocketed a fourth break point to make it 1-1. The deciding set deviated entirely from Niemeier as Swiatek finally recovered in the match.

The two-time French Open champion won 75% of her first serve and 71% of her second serve points in the final set. She also won 57% and 83% points on first and second serve returns, respectively. Swiatek faced three break points, but she saved all of them as she secured three breaks on Niemeier’s serve.

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