Swiatek was part of the event last year as well and she played well but ran into an inspired Maria Sakkari who proved better that time. She gladly returned to the city she explained as 'home'. Ostrava is close to the Polish border so the city does have some native Polish population which supports Swiatek:
"It was pretty fun because basically most of the people in the stands were Polish so I feel like I'm at home. I really like that it's so calm here because after cities like New York it's good to come to a place you can really rest here." Maybe my friends going to come, but only if I make it to the semifinals. So I'm under pressure."
There was no tennis for Swiatek for a while as she took that time to properly rest up and recover. Now it's back to tennis:
"The conditions [in Warsaw] are similar to what we have here. This tournament could be tough because I haven't played any matches in three weeks. And coming back after winning a Grand Slam is always tricky. But tennis-wise I feel that I'm ready."