Jimmy Connors thinks Iga Swiatek has become so dominant that the Pole is “winning matches now before she even walks out on the court.” After shockingly retired from tennis Ashleigh Barty in 2022 March, it didn’t take long for Swiatek to establish herself as the best player in the game.
Last year, Swiatek set a new record for the most consecutive wins on the WTA Tour – the Pole had 37 consecutive wins between February and July. So far this year, Swiatek has had several deep runs and has won two titles – but there have been some surprising defeats as the Pole is 25-5 in 2023.
Connors on Swiatek’s dominance
“The players now know that to go out and to play her and to beat her, they got to hit the red line almost every shot and play over and above, because she’s winning matches now before she even walks out there.
She’s got that swagger, she’s got that reputation now. That’s what you work for. So those who go out and beat her, they produce. She makes everybody she plays raised their level of game. That’s the greatest compliment I think you can get in the game, is that to go out there and know that everybody’s gunning for you.
You got the bullseye on your back and everybody almost rather beat her than win the tournament. And that’s a pretty great reputation. By the way, her record [in] the last couple [of] years deserves that,” Connors said on the Advantage Connors podcast, per Sportskeeda.
At this past Madrid Open, Swiatek made the final before losing to Sabalenka in three sets. This year, Swiatek has made four finals and she has won two titles. This week, Swiatek is set to kick off her Rome title defense. Swiatek won back-to-back Rome titles in the last two years and she is now the top favorite to win it all for a third consecutive time.