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Iga Swiatek’s 2022 – ‘A level that could only be dreamed of’ says coach Wiktorowski

It’s been a good year for Iga Swiatek and her team

Iga Swiatek November 6, 2022, FORT WORTH, TEXAS, UNITED STATES: Iga Swiatek of Poland in action during her semi-final match at the 2022 WTA Finals Fort Worth tennis tournament against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus (Zuma/Panoramic)

They knew she was good – but until this year nobody knew quite how good.

Iga Swiatek‘s coach Tomasz Wiktorowski has spoken about how he worked with the world No 1 this year to reach new heights.

The two only began working together after she split from long-term coach Piotr Sierzputowski in December 2021.

He told Polish journalist Dominik Senkowski that he was proudest of how she had maintained her high standards throughout the season.

“There were no major bobbles. We can call matches in which she lost but there were just few.

“Everything else was on a level that previously could only be dreamed of. Iga was able to transfer her form to court. And the circumstances are different everywhere. Keeping that high level is connected with being able to adapt.

“Iga maintained her effectiveness, adapting to the various conditions she had to face, instead of trying – which is common among players and it is a trap – to adapt all the conditions around to what she expects.

“I am also proud of the fact that we introduce a mindset that we are not going for a decent result, but for a win. We introduced this in consultation with Daria Abramowicz at the beginning of the year. This also worked.”

Coach: I always expected Swiatek to do it

But although he might be a little bit surprised at how quickly Swiatek has put all the plans into action, he always knew she would get to the top.

“I expected Iga to reach such results,” he added. “I didn’t know if it would be with me or [her] next coach. A year ago I hardly knew Iga personally. It’s weird that we passed each other but that’s how it turned.”

This year, the world No 1 has won titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and San Diego as well as two Slams, Roland-Garros and the US Open.

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