“I’m Doing a Decent Job”: Iga Swiatek Pens Overwhelming Message After Miami Open 2021 Loss

Published 03/31/2021, 3:52 AM EDT
Iga Swiatek of Poland plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)


Recently, World No.16 Iga Swiatek crashed out of the 2021 Miami Open in the third round. Swiatek suffered a tough loss at the hands of Ana Konjuh in a thrilling three-set match.

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Swiatek’s recent loss marked her second consecutive early round-exit. She had earlier suffered a humiliating defeat against Garbine Muguruza in the third round of the Dubai Tennis Championships earlier this month.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Poland’s Iga Swiatek in action during her second round match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Iga Swiatek reflects on her journey

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To provide fans with a reflection of her thoughts, Swiatek penned down an overwhelming post on her Twitter account and gave an insight into the pressures associated with being a tennis player.

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the Roland Garros last year, the fan expectations from the 19-year-old have risen. Swiatek feels she’s that she’s trying her best, given her experience on the tour in recent years.

“I honestly think that I’m doing a decent job – and looking not at my ranking, but at my experience and development in previous years on tour – I am doing progress,” wrote Swiatek.

However, Swiatek has admitted to finding it hard to calm her nerves on the court and is still adapting to the level of competition on the professional circuit.

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The Polish star ended her post on a philosophical note by mentioning, “I look at my tennis work as a marathon, not just a quick sprint.” Swiatek vowed to keep working hard and deliver on the opportunities ahead in her career.

Iga Swiatek of Poland in action against Anett Kontaveit (not seen) of Estonia during women’s singles match within 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Kontaveit won the match with 2-1. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Despite the recent dip in performances, Swiatek won her second tour title at Adelaide International last month. Before that, she made it to the fourth round of the 2021 Australian Open, which is her best performance at Melbourne Park to date.

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With the European clay-court season about to start, Swiatek has a few weeks to reset and then improve her form before beginning her title defense at the 2021 French Open.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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