Iga Swiatek openly discusses the benefits of relinquishing her No. 1 ranking.

Iga Swiatek reflects on the positive aspects of surrendering her world No. 1 ranking to Aryna Sabalenka, revealing a sense of relief and newfound focus. Swiatek, who ascended to the No. 1 position on April 4th, 2022, enjoyed a 75-week reign before Sabalenka took over following the US Open.

The prospect of chasing someone else has lightened the mental burden for Swiatek, making it a more comfortable position. Following her recent participation in Tokyo, Swiatek is gearing up for the China Open in Beijing, where she aims to shed the weight of rankings and return to a more serene and standard practice routine.

She expressed, “I felt like there was some baggage off my shoulders and I could focus more on getting back to the more peaceful and normal rhythm of practicing. It’s a little bit easier to come back to the mindset of chasing somebody because that’s what we’ve been doing our whole lives. My main goal in China is to try and do some stuff differently on court in terms of technique and tactics to develop as a player and not chase rankings,” as reported by The Tennis Letter.

As Swiatek continues her campaign in Beijing, she seeks to improve her performance compared to her recent outing in Tokyo, where she entered as the top seed. While she secured her opening match victory, Swiatek faced an unexpected defeat in the Tokyo quarterfinals, succumbing to Veronika Kudermetova with a scoreline of 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Following the match, Kudermetova attributed her victory to self-belief rather than any special tactics.

“No, I tried to just believe that I can beat her. Today it happened. I’m really happy that I managed to switch [the head-to-head] and win one match,” Kudermetova remarked after the match. Swiatek’s next challenge in Beijing awaits, as she prepares to take on Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round.

Reference

https://www.rydercup.com/news-media/europe-fends-off-u-s-to-continue-home-ryder-cup-reign

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Tennis_Stories/138181/iga-swiatek-candidly-shares-positives-about-losing-no-1-ranking/

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/golf/news/ryder-cup-2023-scores-results-latest-standings-europe-usa/678a929cd3c4d834ad79ad06

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