Iga Swiatek has had a successful run in the first half of the 2023 season. She has won forty-two matches until now and has lost seven matches. Swiatek has reached at least the fourth round of every event played this year. She lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon to Elina Svitolina in three sets and will now look to continue her form in the second half of the season.
The World No.1 has opened up about her retirement plans. When asked about stepping away from the sport, she said “I can tell the fans that there’s no need to think about it because I don’t do it myself. I think I’ll be the kind of tennis player who’ll be in my thirties” (via Przegląd Sportowy Onet). The 22-year-old has no plans for retirement, as she has a lot left in the tank.
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Furthermore, the 22-year-old revealed her future plans after retirement. She said, “I also know that there are a lot of cool things that can be done in life, I have a lot of such projects in my head that would be interesting in the future.”
Swiatek is currently competing at the BNP Paribas Warsaw Open and is through to the second round. She will play against Claire Liu. Claire has yet to take a set against Swiatek in their past two meetings; she got bageled in a set in both meetings. The Polish star also suggested that she might have a second career but did not disclose what it might be.
Iga Swiatek has a high chance of claiming her second US Open title
Swiatek won sixty-seven matches last year and can eclipse it this year. She is the defending champion at the US Open and can lift her second major trophy this year. Swiatek has four Grand Slams and has been playing well on hard surfaces this season. She has only struggled against Elena Rybakina this season as the pair have played thrice, with Rybakina winning all of them.
The three-time French Open champion has been struggling on grass. With her win at the US Open last year, it was sure that Swiatek would win more titles on hard courts and not just on clay. She needs one more title win to become the only active player other than Venus Williams to have won five Grand Slams. Venus is currently leading amongst the active players with seven Grand Slam titles.
Swiatek is tied with Naomi Osaka with four titles and has a chance to make history again. She has served well and is on top of winning service games this season with sixty-five points, three percent.
Swiatek has exactly a month to prepare for the year’s final major. She will keep her service record intact and try to finish the season just like last year.