A hellishly difficult game for Iga. It’s already Friday morning

On Friday morning Polish time, Iga Świątek will play the third match in the WTA 500 competition on hard courts in Adelaide. The opponent of the Polish tennis player on the way to the semi-finals will be the number one world classification, Wiktoria Azarenka.

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Rafał Smoliński

Iga Świątek

Getty Images / Mark Brake / In the photo: Iga Świątek

So far, Iga Świątek has had two matches in the 2022 season and both presented a good level. First, she defeated the Australian Daria Saville (known by her maiden name Gawriłowa), and then gave no chances to the Canadian Leylah Fernandez. The 20-year-old from Raszyn defeated the finalist of last year’s US Open 6: 1, 6: 2.

– I was quite stressed because I was playing with a younger girl, which is quite new to me. Leylah is very talented and is a finalist of the Grand Slam competition, so I knew it would be difficult – said Świątek after the game (quote from WTA). – I felt really confident. I am very happy that I was able to finish this match quickly and I did not lose my concentration – she added.

Swiatek went through two rounds without losing a set, but to repeat last year’s success in Adelaide, she still has to win three games. On Friday, the bar will go higher because Victoria Azarenka will stand in her way. The Belarusian woman has not yet lost a set at the Adelaide International event. In the first round, she took the rematch for the defeat in the BNP Paribas Open 2021 final and eliminated the Spanish Paula Badosa. On Thursday, however, Australian Priscilla Hon won.

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Azarenka already has her health and private problems behind her. In Adelaide, she shows that she feels very comfortable in the Antipodes, where she was the champion of the Australian Open in the past (2012, 2013). Hard courts are the element of the former leader of the WTA ranking. Świątek found out about it during the US Open 2020, when she lost to Wika in the third round 4: 6, 2: 6.

– Iga feels quite good here as a defender of the title. We had an interesting meeting in the past, but she has grown a lot since then. I’m looking forward to this battle. She is one of the rising stars, super talented tennis players. It will be a difficult challenge, but I am always ready for it – said the representative of our eastern neighbors.

Swiatek and Azarenka will play for the second time. They will leave the central court in Adelaide after 9:30 Polish time. The meeting will be broadcast on Canal + Sport and on canalplus.com. The live text report will be conducted by the WP SportoweFakty portal.

Adelaide International, Adelaide (Australia)
WTA 500, hard court, prize pool of 703.5 thousand. dollars
Friday, January 7

central court, after 9:30 Polish time

Iga Świątek (Poland, 5) balance sheet: 0-1 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
9 ranking 27
twenty age 32
176/65 height (cm) / weight (kg) 183/68
right-handed, two-handed backhand game right-handed, two-handed backhand
Raszyn domicile Minsk
Tomasz Wiktorowski coach Maxime Tchoutakian
season 2022
2-0 (2-0) balance of the year (main cycle) 2-0 (2-0)
quarter-final in Adelaide best result quarter-final in Adelaide
0-0 tie breaks 0-0
3 aces 9
earnings ($)
2016 beginning 2003
4 (2021) highest in the ranking 1 (2012)
148-46 professional balance sheet 554-213
3/1 titles / final defeats (main series) 21/20
4 859 553 earnings ($) 33 773 916

Also read:
Iga Świątek met another rival. It was the leader of the ranking
The Russians stay in the game. Italians without a rematch for last year’s final

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About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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