Swiatek says she struggles in the Melbourne heat

Henry

Iga Swiatek’s campaign to capture a first Australian Open title started on a winning note on the Rod Laver Court when she beat Sofia Kenin 7-6 6-2.

The 22-year-old Pole has never been able to hold up the silverware in Melbourne, while Kenin walked away with the Aussie laurels in 2020.

However, Swiatek had to dig deep especially in the first set after her American opponent was only a pot away from taking the lead in the showdown.

But the world’s leading player immediately hit 21 winning shots and won a string of pots in a row to clinch the first set after more than an hour of play.

This gave her the necessary momentum to come up with a more clinical performance in the following set.

According to Swiatek, she initially struggled to get used to the Melbourne heat.

“It is hotter here than during most of my previous matches and I will have to adjust. I also struggled with my timing – the balls almost flew around for you – but that’s normal in these circumstances,” said the world’s no. 1 player said.

She plays Danielle Collins in the next round.

  • Results:

Women:

Jelena Ostapenko beat Kimberley Birrell 7-6 and 6-1

Wang Yafan beat Sorana Cirstea 0-6, 7-5 and 6-2

Victoria Azarenka beat Camila Giorgi 6-1, 4-6 and 6-3

Danielle Collins beat Angelique Kerber 6-2, 3-6 and 6-1

Iga Swiatek beat Sofia Kenin 7-6 and 6-2

Sloane Stephens beat Olivia Gadecki 6-3 and 6-1

Men:

Tommy Paul beat Gregoire Barrere 6-2, 6-3 and 6-3

Holger Rune beats Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 and 6-4

Jack Draper beats Marcos Giron 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

Grigor Dimitrov beats Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2

Casper Ruud beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 and 6-1

Cameron Norrie beat Juan Pablo Varillas 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2