Iga Swiatek, the current world No. 1, stated that the National Bank Open in Toronto was the event when she first discovered she had significant potential. Swiatek, a qualifier who is 18 years old, made her National Bank Open debut in Toronto in 2019.
After defeating two opponents in qualification and advancing past her first-round opponent in the main draw, Swiatek defeated former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 1-6 6-3 6-4. Swiatek defeated previous No. 1 in the world with great skill in her subsequent match.
No. 1 Naomi Osaka, but the Japanese came out on top, winning 7-6 (4) 6-4. Three years later, Swiatek is the top-ranked player in the world and a two-time Grand Slam champion. According to Swiatek’s statement on the WTA website, “Remembering then, I can see how much work I put in and how different I feel right now.”
“Back then, I studied before every session to determine how I would feel, who I could play, and who was too powerful for me. The two sets I played against Naomi and Caroline Wozniacki gave me hope that I can do something.”
Swiatek hasn’t suffered a defeat recently.
Swiatek will begin her summer season on hard courts this week. In the Toronto main draw, Swiatek is the player with the highest seeding and is the overwhelming favorite to win. Swiatek began his incredible 37-win streak in late February after competing all the way in Doha.
Swiatek advanced all the way at Indian Wells and Miami after winning in Doha. One of the highlights of Swiatek’s remarkable climb in 2022 was her improvement in her game on hard surfaces, where she has won her previous 17 matches. The 21-year-old Swiatek will compete in the National Bank Open in Toronto for the second time.
Three years ago, Swiatek made her Toronto debut, and it would be intriguing to see how she performs now that she is the clear favorite.