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The secret of Iga Swiatek’s successes

This is the Polish perspective of Iga Swiatek’s success story.



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By Dominik Senkowski


Opponents can envy her. This is the polish perspective.

Everyone in the world is wondering how the 21-year-old polish woman came to dominate women’s tennis so much. This is a consequence of several factors. The secret of Iga Swiatek’s success lies in herself and in her surroundings.

Iga Swiatek has produced a phenomenal season. The Pole won two Grand Slam tournaments this year: Roland Garros and the US Open. She has also claimed five other titles on the WTA Tour and has been leading the rankings for over 24 weeks. From a mathematical point of view, there is no indication that she could lose the lead in the coming months.

The season Iga will surely end as the world No.1. Her point advantage over her opponents is gigantic. The advantage on the court – even greater. Even if Swiatek does not play as well as she can – and this was the case in New York – still win. It is thanks to her winning mentality, similar to Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic.

We come back to the first factor that determines the success of a polish tennis player. It’s her character. Swiatek has an amazing passion for playing tennis. She is very ambitious, full of passion.

When I spoke to her four years ago after winning the junior Wimbledon title, she said her goal was to win all four Grand Slam tournaments. Even though she was only 17 at the time, she was very conscious and goal-oriented.

This is also because of her father, Tomasz Swiatek. In the past, he was a rower who represented Poland at the Olympic Games in Seoul. Iga grew up in a sports family. She knew what an athlete’s career mean.

The environment of Iga Swiatek has a great influence on her successes. These achievements would not exist without the psychologist Daria Abramowicz. A polish woman was one of the first to start talking about the role of sports psychology in women’s tennis. She has been cooperating with Abramowicz for three years, and you can see the real effects of their cooperation.

Iga is an example for them how to develop on the mental perspective. Thanks to it, other tennis players (Ons Jabeur or Naomi Osaka) use specialists. This is slowly becoming the norm.

Maciej Ryszczuk, a physiotherapist, also does a great job. He prepares Iga for hard work throughout the season. The season is long because tennis players play practically all year round. They change surfaces, continents and climates. Iga looks very good physically.

Ryszczuk admits that he analyzes the performances of the best tennis players in recent years (for example Serena Williams) and draws conclusions on how to physically prepare a tennis player, where to let go, when to train harder. For this reason, Iga did not play in Madrid this year.

The most important member in Iga’s team is, of course, the coach. Previously, it was Piotr Sierzputowski, today it is Tomasz Wiktorowski. The former prepared polish woman for an adult career and helped to win the first Grand Slam title in Paris. Wiktorowski took Iga to another level. He uses his own experience as a former coach of Agnieszka Radwanska. Iga is also more mature, she is a different tennis player than three years ago.

In the end, you also need to appreciate the tremendous work that the entire tennis player’s managerial team is doing. Thanks to this, Iga does not have to pursue her career, think about many things. She can focus primarily on training and matches.

This is important because there was no such professional team in polish tennis before. Iga does not always know what she will be doing in two days after the tournament. That’s why she has people to plan her calendar and she trusts them.

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Asian Games Champion Qinwen Zheng Reveals Shock Departure Of Coach Fissette



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China’s Qinwen Zheng says she feels ‘hurt’ by the decision of her former coach to end their collaboration in order to work with another player. 


The US Open quarter-finalist had been working with Belgium’s Wim Fissette in recent weeks following the departure of Pere Riba who is now the coach of Coco Gauff. Fissette has a wealth of experience in women’s tennis after working with the likes of Kim Clijsters and Naomi Osaka. However, Zheng says she is now looking for a new mentor.

“I understand his decision, but my family and I feel hurt. Right now I don’t want to talk about this person (Fissette),’ journalist Bendou Zhang quoted her as saying. 

Fissette is yet to comment on his departure. He had previously coached former world No.1 Osaka between 2019-2022 and during this period she won two of her four Grand Slam titles. The American-based Japanese player is on maternity leave from the sport and gave birth to her first child in July.

20-year-old Zheng is currently ranked 23rd in the world and won her maiden WTA title in Palermo earlier this year. She is the youngest player from her country to have reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam in the Open Era following her run at Flushing Medows. This year she has beaten top 10 players Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina. 

Zheng’s latest career milestone is winning gold at the Asian Games on Friday. in the final, she defeated Zhu Lin 6-2, 6-4, in the blistering Hangzhou heat.

“The feeling was incredible,” Zheng said. “I’m really happy about that. That was not an easy match today and also yesterday (in semifinal against Alex Eala). All of them are good fighters.”

It is not clear who Zheng will be working with during the Asian swing. 

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Daria Kasatkina Criticises Decision To Not Use Roof At Sweltering Pan Pacific Open



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Daria Kasatkina has taken a swipe at organizers at the Toray Pan Pacific Open for not using the roof to cover their premier court on Thursday due to the heat. 


The Russian played her second round match against Despina Papamichail in temperatures around 30 degrees with the humidity making it feel even warmer. Kasatkina battled to a 6-4, 6-4, win after spending more than two hours on the court. She dropped serve four times in the match but managed to break Papamichail seven times en route to victory. 

Speaking on the court following his latest tour win, the world No.13 admitted that she struggled in the conditions and implied that she believed the roof should have been closed to shield the players from the sun. Tokyo, which is where the tournament is staged, has experienced a record-breaking number of ‘extremely hot’ days this year with their autumn season being warmer than usual. Something that some warn could be a more regular occurrence due to climate change.

“We cannot do much about it. We are using the ice towels and some supplements to keep you hydrated. By at the end, you cannot fight with something you cannot control,” Kasatkina commented on the conditions during her on-court interview.
“I think in these kinds of conditions, if you have a roof, better maybe to close it. If you have these opportunities, better to use it than to make players almost die on the field.” She added. 

Kasatkina is through to her seventh Tour quarter-final of the season. Awaiting her in the next round will be second seed Jessica Pegula who beat Spain’s Cristina Bucșa 6-1, 6-2, in her second round match on Wednesday. It will be only the second Tour meeting between the two players and their first on a hard court. 

Elsewhere in Tokyo, another player to reach the last eight in France’s Caroline Garcia who beat Anhelina Kahlinina 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile, Anastasia Pavlychenkova defeated Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. 

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Barbora Krejcikova Does The Double In San Jose



After what has been a challenging past few weeks on the Tour, Barbora Krejcikova has returned to the winner’s circle by claiming both the singles and doubles titles at the San Diego Open. 


The world No.13 battled to a marathon 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, win over Sofia Kenin in what was a clash of the former Grand Slam champions. Krejcikova was pushed to her limits throughout the two-and-a-half-hour clash with there being no break in the decider until the final game. It is the second singles title the Czech has won on the WTA Tour this season after Dubai and her seventh overall. 

“Normally I wouldn’t be here,” said Krejcikova, who received a wild card to play in the tournament “I really want to thank them (the tournament organisers). It was very special. I really enjoyed my stay here.”

Krejcikova’s run to the trophy has also seen her score wins over Beatriz Haddad Maia and Danielle Collins earlier in the week. She is the first player from her country to win the tournament. 

Following on from that triumph, the 27-year-old then clinched the doubles title alongside compatriot Katerina Siniakova. The duo beat Collins and Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-4.

Krejcikova came into San Jose on a four-match losing streak which started at Wimbledon where she was forced to withdraw from her secound round clash due to a left leg injury. 

“I came here with not really good statistics after my injury, I didn’t actually win any matches,” she said. “So I just came here and I pretty much was hoping and believing that I could get the first win and go from there. It’s pretty special to be sitting here having won [the title].”

It is only the second time in Krejcikova’s career that she has won both the singles and doubles titles at the same event. The first time she did so was at the 2021 French Open where her partner in the doubles was also Siniakova.

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