Iga Swiatek blames ‘wrong approach’ after shock Australian Open exit

Iga Swiatek admits she probably hasn’t been taking the right approach to tournaments at the start of the 2023 season and she plans to address that following a surprise Australian Open round-of-16 exit.

On Sunday, first-seeded Swiatek was ousted by Elena Rybakina 6-4 6-4.

“I felt like I took a step back in terms of how I approach these tournaments, and I maybe wanted it a little bit too hard. So I’m going to try to chill out a little bit more. That’s all,” Swiatek said, per Tennis Majors.

Two weeks ago, Swiatek suffered a 6-2 6-2 loss to Jessica Pegula at the United Cup.

Swiatek, who absolutely dominated the 2022 season, hasn’t been up to her standards at the start of the 2023 season.

“For sure past two weeks have been pretty hard for me. So I felt today that I don’t have that much to take from myself to fight even more,” Swiatek admitted. 

Swiatek on what was the issue at the Australian Open

“I felt the pressure, and I felt that I don’t want to lose instead of I want to win. So that’s a base of what I should focus on in the next couple of weeks,” Swiatek revealed.

After winning two Grand Slams in 2022, Swiatek entered the Australian Open as the No 1 favorite for the title.

Swiatek struggled a bit in her Australian Open first-round match against Jule Niemeier but still escaped with a straight-set win.

After beating Camila Osorio in the second round with just five games lost, Swiatek destroyed Cristina Bucsa 6-0 6-1 in the third round.

But after dismantling Bucsa, Swiatek didn’t perform well against Rybakina. 

When Swiatek and Rybakina met for the first time in 2021 Ostrava, the Pole beat the Kazakh.

This past December, Rybakina ousted Swiatek 6-3 6-1 at the World Tennis League in Dubai.

After losing to Rybakina in an exhibition match, Swiatek also lost to the Kazakh at the Australian Open.