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Australian Open: Iga Swiatek Growing In Confidence Ahead Of Clash With Wimbledon Champ Rybakina

Even the highest-ranked player on the women’s Tour needs a confidence boost sometimes.



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Iga Swiatek is gathering momentum at the Australian Open after producing a clinical performance to seal her place in the fourth round. 

The three-time Grand Slam champion dropped just one game during her 55-minute 6-0, 6-1, annihilation of Spain’s Cristina Bucsa. Swiatek won 73% of the points played in the match, hitting 15 winners and three aces. She hasn’t dropped a set in three matches in Melbourne Park where she beat Jule Niemeier and Maria Camila Osorio earlier in the tournament. 

“I feel I’m more and more confident since day one here. I’m not even talking about matches, but also practices. I feel like I’ve done so much work to feel more confident, and more relaxed on court,” Swiatek said during her press conference. 
“I’m pretty happy that I did it because it’s just a little bit easier. When you actually played those matches, you can feel the rhythm a little bit more.”

Swiatek has won two out of the last three Grand Slam tournaments played but is yet to reach the final of the Australian Open in her career. Her best result was last year when she made the semi-finals before losing to Danielle Collins. Although, it was just weeks after that the Pole began her domination on the Tour with a 37-match winning streak. 

Hoping to end her title drought in Melbourne, Swiatek faces a potentially tricky fourth round clash with Elena Rybakina who stunned the Tour last year when she won the Wimbledon title. Rybakina, who is seeded 22nd in the draw, knocked out Collins 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, in her third round match. 

“She really is a solid player. Since we played juniors, I knew that she’s like kind of going in the right direction. With her serve, she can do a lot,” Swiatek commented on her next opponent. 
“Tactically I’m not prepared yet. We played an exhibition in Dubai but I really treated it as an exhibition and as a practice little bit. So it’s hard kind of to take a lot from that match.’
“Also we played in Ostrava, like, two years ago, and the surface was so slow that it’s also hard to take anything tactically from that.
“I’m pretty sure my coach is going to be ready to give me some tips.”

There is a two-year difference in age between Swiatek and 23-year-old Rybakina. On the junior Tour, they played each other in the final of the prestigious Trofeo Bonfiglio. A Grade A international event that is annually held on the red clay in Italy. It was a somewhat different situation for both back then. 

“I remember I was so stressed that there was live streaming on the Internet, and I just couldn’t focus because of that,” said Swiatek who lost the final in three sets. “It seems surreal right now. I don’t know who is watching me. It’s the Internet. It’s huge.”

Swiatek and Rybakina are two of five Grand Slam champions remaining in this year’s Australian Open women’s draw. 

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities



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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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Iga Looks To Be In A league All to Herself At Paris

Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth Roland Garros title in Paris.



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Just call her Iga. No other identification is needed.

As the years go by, Iga’s notoriety is sure to grow.

She’s probably already earned a spot in tennis’ Hall of Fame.

Yes, Iga Swiatek is a name to remember. A hero in her native Poland, a superstar in the world of sports.


Iga just added to her stardom Saturday with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over little-known Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third straight French Open title. This was Paolini’s chance to make a name for herself, but she didn’t have the game to make it happen.

Iga was just too good. She made it look too easy.

Paolini could hit some great ground strokes, but when she looked up a bigger shot was on its way back. Iga doesn’t look like a power hitter, but she is.


The 23-year-old Polish Wonder finished the first set winning five straight games, then started the second set winning five more games in succession. The 28-year-old Paolini didn’t seem to have a clue on how to upend Swiatek.

It took just 78 minutes for Iga to win her fifth Grand Slam title.

She’s a lot like her French Open hero, Rafa Nadal.

She takes every match seriously.


No wonder Iga owns a 35-2 record at Roland Garos. Or that she has won 21 straight matches. Or that she owns a 5-0 record in Grand Slam finals.

She only dominated opponents, except for Naomi Osaka in the second round. Swiatek escaped a match point in that one and didn’t look back.

Iga’s game should be just as superb on the green grass of upcoming Wimbledon.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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