Iga Swiatek tells how she feels about Madrid as a city, host of WTA 1000 tournament


Iga Swiatek is enjoying her Madrid campaign as she called the Spanish capital “really beautiful.”

Swiatek, 21, made her Madrid debut two years ago when she made the round-of-16 before losing to Ashleigh Barty.

Last year, Swiatek came to Madrid but pulled out of the tournament due to an injury.

This year, Swiatek is making her second Madrid appearance and she is having a thrill.

“The courts are pretty amazing, the whole facility is great. You feel like it’s new and innovative and there’s a lot of technology, which is nice. And the fans are really happy and enthusiastic. This is the first time I’m staying a little bit closer to the city centre of Madrid so I’m able to do a bit of sightseeing and the city is amazing. When I was here two years ago it was during Covid, so we were stuck in the hotel. So right now I’m really enjoying it and Madrid is really beautiful,” Swiatek said. 

Swiatek routinely handled Pera

On Sunday, first-seeded Swiatek claimed a routine 6-3 6-2 win against Pera.

Swiatek made a bit of a slow start to the match as Pera broke the Pole in the third game for a 2-1 lead.

Down by an early break, Swiatek responded by breaking Pera in the fourth and sixth games to overturn the deficit and win the first set.

In the second set, Swiatek broke Pera twice and then held on to her service for the remainder of the match to complete a two-set win.

After the match, Swiatek was told she had quite an easy job.

But Swiatek didn’t agree that beating Pera was quite easy.

“I wouldn’t say it was easy. Every match is tricky here. I’m happy that I played a little bit better every day and I’m happy that I’m getting my rhythm. Playing against a lefty is never easy so I think Bernarda really used it. But I’m pretty happy that I was really disciplined and focused,” Swiatek said.

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