Iga Swiatek’s father Tomasz says Iga winning the Australian Open is definitely not guaranteed as there are several other great players who could win the opening Grand Slam of the year.
Swiatek, ranked at No 1 in the world, is considered by many as the No 1 favorite for the Australian Open title.
But in order to win the Australian Open, Swiatek will have to win seven matches and she would likely have to beat several big names.
Because of that, Tomasz Swiatek is refusing to already give his daughter the Australian Open title.
“I would rather say that she enters the tournament as the number 1 tennis player. And that does not immediately mean that she is the favorite. She is a bit exaggerated in this role and the media does it. I understand why, but I wouldn’t be so categorical. To win a grand slam, it’s not enough to be the best in the world, there are many factors and details that you can’t influence,” Tomasz Swiatek told Interia Sport.
Tomasz Swiatek: We cannot underestimate the rest of the field
In the semifinal at the WTA Finals, Swiatek suffered a surprise defeat to Aryna Sabalenka.
At the start of this season, Swiatek picked up a 6-2 6-2 defeat to Jessica Pegula at the United Cup.
Swiatek is definitely among the top favorites for the Australian Open but her father admits there are other players that simply cannot be underestimated.
“There are some very difficult and ambitious opponents: Pegula, Caroline Garcia. Maria Sakkari will have something to say, Aryna Sabalenka threatened after the Masters. Every girl starting to compete with Iga will want to beat number 1. Such a match will be one of the most important for them at this tournament. This is the specificity of the situation when he plays with number 1. Everyone wants to beat the number one,” Tomasz Swiatek added.
Swiatek is kicking off her Australian Open campaign against 68th-ranked Jule Niemeier.
Going into her Australian first round match, Swiatek is the big favorite to beat Niemeier.