Iga Swiatek hopes to ‘worry less’ in 2022

World No. 9 Iga Swiatek admitted she felt a lot of pressure this year because she wanted to do well but constantly switching surfaces wasn’t easy at all.

After losing in the French Open quarterfinal, Swiatek made the Wimbledon round-of-16 a month later.

Swiatek then represented Poland at the Tokyo Olympics, where she lost in the second round. 

“I would say after the Olympics. That was a pretty hard time for me. With Roland Garros, then Wimbledon, then the Olympics, there was a lot going on and a lot of pressure. And it wasn’t stopping because as soon as I finished a tournament, I was preparing for the next one and switching surfaces all the time, which is not giving a lot of confidence,” Swiatek told WTA Insider, when asked at which point she felt she could relax. 

Swiatek aims a big 2021 season

“I’m looking forward to [recharging] and then [being ready] for the whole of next year because I can’t imagine playing on that intensity for the next six years. At some point, I’m not going to want to see a tennis court. So hopefully year by year, I’m going to be able to rest a bit more and worry a bit less,” Swiatek added.

Swiatek, who captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2020 French Open, wants to do major things in tennis. 

“I’m still not the best example of playing without expectations. I know I’m repeating this because this is basically my goal at every tournament. But I haven’t reached that level yet,” Swiatek admitted.

Swiatek made some big changes after the 2021 season as she ended her collaboration with long-term coach Piotr Sierzputowski.

“I’ve started my pre-season, but today I would like to tell you something significant… After more than 5 years I’ve decided to finish my cooperation with my coach Piotr Sierzputowski,” Swiatek announced earlier this month. 

“This change is really challenging for me and this decision wasn’t easy, either.”

After firing Sierzputowski, Swiatek hired Agnieszka Radwanska’s ex-coach Tomasz Wiktorowski. 

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