Tennis coach Rick Macci believes that the reason behind Poland’s Iga Swiatek’s rise to number one is her mental strength.
The 22-year-old returned to the very top after a brief downfall with consistent performances in the recent past. Macci, in a post on his official account on social media platform X — previously known as Twitter — stated that the difference between Swiatek and other players is her mental strength and ability to stay focused all the time.
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"The X factor for THE POLISH PUNISHER @igaswiatek is mentally she is EXTRA focused every Hour every Minute every Second and that consistent mentality over the years has delivered EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS," he wrote.
Swiatek ended the year on a high as she lifted the WTA Finals title after beating America’s Jessica Pegula in the final in straight sets with a score of 6-1, 6-0. The Warsaw-born lost the number one spot in the WTA Ranking after crashing out of the US Open following her defeat to Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the fourth round with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
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Swiatek’s highlight of the year was her third triumph at the French Open where she lifted the title after beating Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchova in the final with a score of 6–2, 5–7, 6–4.