Iga Swiatek, in the opinion of Mats Wilander, has reached the point where everyone just knows that she will perform as expected, which makes him think of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Swiatek, the top-ranked player in the world, breezed through the first week of the Australian Open with three victories in straight sets.
Cristina Bucsa was destroyed by Swiatek in their Australian Open third-round match, 6-0 6-1. Now, according to Wilander, Swiatek’s participation in the second week of a Grand Slam is all but guaranteed. “Iga Swiatek’s current level of dependability is her most valuable quality.
She is unbeatable by a particular type of player. You cannot defeat Iga Swiatek if you don’t hit the ball forcefully. And it’s almost turning [like this] on all surfaces, which had to be such a wonderful experience.
Having seen players like Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal over the years, you can tell when a player is in the early rounds of a Grand Slam that he has no chance of being Rafa. Iga, I believe, is establishing that tone.
Most people in the dressing room, if not all of them, seem to be thinking, “Well, I can’t do anything.” I’m unable to harm her. Eurosport was told by Wilander.
During the opening week of the Australian Open, how did Swiatek fare?
Swiatek faced a challenge against Jule Niemeier in the opening round of the Australian Open, but it wasn’t too concerning as the Pole defeated the German 6-4, 7-5.
Swiatek defeated Camila Osorio in her subsequent match, 6-2, 6-3. Then, Swiatek defeated Bucsa with a score of 6-0, 6-1, putting on a very commanding performance. In fact, Swiatek has established a solid reputation at Grand Slams. Swiatek advanced all the way in the French Open and US Open last year.
Swiatek made it to the Australian Open semifinals. Since she was eliminated in the third round at Wimbledon, Swiatek didn’t actually have a long tournament. Now that the Australian Open has begun, Swiatek is off to a fantastic start and is undoubtedly aiming to win her fourth Major.