Iga Swiatek’s bid for a second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open was ended by a crushing defeat to Danielle Collins on Thursday, but the world number nine said her run to the semi-finals demonstrated how far she has progressed as a hardcourt player. Swiatek, who was defeated by the American 6-4 6-1 in 78 minutes, also advanced to the semi-finals of the tune-up event in Adelaide earlier this month, which she won in 2021.
“This is my best result on hard court besides winning Adelaide,” Swiatek told reporters. “I mean, I don’t know if winning Adelaide is better than (reaching) the semi-final of an Australian Open. So that’s positive, because I always wanted to improve on hard court. I like the fact that I won against Sorana (Cirstea) and Kaia (Kanepi) like mentally and physically, and I gave my heart on court. I’m pretty happy that I’m able to also play aggressive and be ready on fast surfaces. Maybe I wasn’t today, but usually.”
Swiatek’s two losses in the 2022 season came against Collins and home favourite Ash Barty, who will face off in the women’s singles final in Adelaide. Swiatek said it was “tough to predict” who she would pick for the final, but that world number one Barty had a better chance of coming up with a strategy to deal with Collins’ aggressive game than she did.
“Ash is playing differently,” Swiatek said. “She’s playing different than any other girl, and she can really reset the rally even when someone is really playing fast. She’s world number one, so I think it’s (a) bigger possibility that she’s going to find a solution for Danielle’s game than me. If she’s going to do that, I want to learn from that and see what she has done.”