"It’s difficult for me to live in peace and quiet" Iga Swiatek tells German tennis magazine

Sunday, 24 September 2023 at 07:00
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World number two Poland’s Iga Swiatek has revealed that it is difficult for her to live in peace and quiet.
The 22-year-old has gone through a bit of a rollercoaster of a ride in the latter half of the year where she ended up losing her top spot in the WTA rankings.
Swiatek, while talking to the German magazine tennismagazin.de, stated that since everyone recognised her, it is impossible to live in peace.
‟People recognize me almost everywhere. It’s difficult for me to live in peace and quiet,” she said.
Swiatek suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the fourth round of the US Open 2023 to Latvia’s Jeļena Ostapenko with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
After that defeat, the Warsaw-born issued a lengthy statement about how difficult it has been for her to maintain the top spot and what she is expecting to achieve the next season.
"Last 1.5 years was a time of observing and experiencing how much people talk and write about 'defending', 'defense' - of titles, ranking position, points,” she said. “I was surprised sometimes to start to think this way because of this. But I don't need to defend anything and this is a good moment to write down some thoughts.
“For me, sport is a cycle of constant changes exactly like in everyday life, we can either win or lose - that's it, it's so simple. New season, next tournament, new opportunities to gain, achieve, not defend something. Clean slate.
"But I stick to my mindset: when I work hard, I'm developing myself and doing my job, I will create many more chances to win, to achieve my goals and not to defend. The way to do it is to constantly focus on my high standards in what I do and learn from the best in this sport and from my team."

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