This year’s season starts in Adelaide. The WTA 500 tournament will be a valuable and important test for tennis players before the upcoming Australian Open. In the first match, Iga Świątek will face Daria Saville. The closest rival of the Polish competitor is currently only 419th in the ranking. The Australian representative had to go through the qualifications for which she received from the organizers the so-called wild card. She managed to beat the American Catherine McNally (6: 3, 6: 4) and the British Katie Boulter (7: 5, 3: 6, 6: 4).
The match between the two tennis players is scheduled for Tuesday, January 4. It will be the second game of the day, so it will start at around 3:00 am Polish time.
Of course, the definite favorite of this competition is Iga Świątek, who surpasses her rival in practically every respect. Years ago, Daria Saville played on tennis courts under the name of Gawriłowa. In 2009-2015 she represented Russia. She then moved to Australia where she married Luke Saville, who also plays tennis. In 2021, the player took part in only one tournament of the WTA rank.
During the game of Iga Świątek with the 27-year-old Australian representative, Tomasz Wiktorowski will make his debut as a Polish coach. Let us recall that some time ago he replaced Piotr Sierzputowski in this position. If the 20-year-old from Raszyn wins, in the 1/8 finals of the tournament in Adelaide she will face Leylah Fernandez in the 1/8 finals of the tournament. Last year, the Canadian reached the finals of the US Open, in which she lost to Emma Emma Raducanu.
The meeting of Iga Świątek – Daria Saville will be held on Tuesday, January 4. The match starts at approx. 3 a.m. Polish time.