Iga Swiatek explains decision to play clay tournament after Wimbledon

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek says playing at home is special for her and and that’s why her goal is to play in Warsaw as long as possible.

Next week, the second edition of the Poland Open in Warsaw will take place. 

Swiatek didn’t compete on the clay courts of Warsaw last year but he is set to make her debut at the tournament this year. 

On Saturday, the main draw ceremeny was held in Warsaw. 

Top-seeded Swiatek drew 84th-ranked Magdalena Frech in the first round. 

“I want to play in Warsaw as long as possible. This is a special tournament for me, playing at home. I know someone may expect I start another winning streak but I just want to have fun on court and present the best tennis,” Swiatek said.

Swiatek hoping to bounce back after a Wimbledon loss

At Wimbledon, Swiatek’s run of 37 consecutive wins came to an end. 

After losing to Alize Cornet, Swiatek admitted she felt Wimbledon might be the place where her streak would end. 

“Usually I am hard on myself,” Swiatek said after the loss. “Here, I know how I felt before matches, I know how I felt when I was practicing. Let’s just say that I didn’t feel like I’m in a best shape. So I’m kind of aware that this could happen. Maybe it’s not the right attitude to have, but it is like it is. I tried many things to feel better on court, on grass court, but it didn’t really work out. That’s why I’m not even hard on myself because, like, it’s kind of logic that if I couldn’t find it even on practices, I’m not going to find it on a match.”

Swiatek started her winning streak mid-February and it lasted until early July. 

Now, Swiatek is hoping to start another winning streak in Warsaw and win it all in front of her home fans.