Swiatek's coach Tomasz Wiktorowski was very surprised by the rise of Iga this year following Barty's retirement.
Many thought Ashleigh Barty would dominate the year on Tour after her hot start to the year. She retired which allowed another player to take over and it was quite a convincing takeover. It came as a surprise for Wiktorowski too, as he teamed up with Swiatek in December.
He admitted that he could see the potential to do so but was unsure when it would come:
“I expected Iga to achieve such results, but I didn't know if she would do it with me or with the next coach. What I did know was that she was a player made for great tennis achievements."
“Iga showed that she was already a great player and she just needed a bit of redirection, a different training, approach, highlighting her strengths and a change in thinking - to think about what she can dominate, and not just focus on how to neutralise the strengths of her opponents.
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Furthermore he said:
"That's what domination is, imposing your style of play. It is important that Iga implemented what I asked for very quickly. To be honest, I didn't expect her to be able to put these little things on the court so quickly. It was really little things, such as forehand swing correction, return settings or the ratio of the direction of the shot."
Wiktorowski concluded with:
“I am also proud of the fact that we have managed to introduce a mindset that assumes that we are not going for a decent result, but for a win, the bar is set as high as possible. We are doing everything in our power to achieve this, and whether we succeed is another thing.”