No.5 seed Iga Swiatek claimed her second career title after a dominant win over No.2 seed Belinda Bencic at the Adelaide International 2021. However, the 19-years-old Polish admits that she feels like a more developed player after five straight-sets victories in a row at Memorial Drive Centre Court.
A teenager from Warsaw powered past World No.12 Belinda Bencic just after dropping four games(6-2, 6-2) to capture her first hardcourt title at the South Australian Capital on Saturday.
“I would say that this tournament is kind of the high of the year. The season just started, so I didn’t have many opportunities. For sure, I felt really confident here and really solid on the court,” Swiatek said after her 7th top 20 wins.
In the 62 minutes championship clash against the former World No.4, Swiatek registered her career-best record after winning 20 out of 22(90.9%) 1st serve points.
“I Can See That I Can Play Good Tennis For The Whole Week”, says Iga Swiatek
World No.18 won her first Grand Slam and first career title without losing a single set at French Open last year. Before reaching the quarterfinal, Swiatek ultimately upset No.1 seed Simona Halep after losing three games.
Iga Swiatek continued, “It’s good for me because I can see that I can play good tennis for the whole week. It wasn’t like one time during the French Open. It gives me more confidence that I’m, like, a more developed player, and I can play good more often. I’m really happy about that. It just gives me motivation. It’s good.”
Back-to-back stunning performance at the Australian Open summer series, Swiatek will now rise to a career-high No.15 in the WTA ranking.
After being withdrawing from Qatar Total Open 2021, the next tournament for Iga Swiatek would be the Dubai Tennis Championships, scheduled to run from 7-13 March in the United Arab Emirates.