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Full details on Swiatek Australian Open 2023 participation are given here.
Swiatek Australian Open 2023 Odds
Iga Swiatek is the undisputed Queen of the WTA Tour at the moment. The 21 year old Polish player is at the top of the tree in the rankings, as has been the case for a while now. In fact, she has more than double the points of Ons Jabeur – the current world number 2. This shows how dominant this player has been in recent times. And naturally, this bodes well for Swiatek moving into the Australian Open. With that in mind, here are the odds for Swiatek to win the tournament:
After her straight sets victory over Cristina Bucsa, Iga Swiatek’s outright odds dropped slightly to 8/5 (2.6). It’s worth mentioning that the drop is partly due to a couple of seeded players being knocked out in the first three rounds of this competition. That said, the World number 1 is by far the favourite to win the Australian Open this year. To be fair, the Pole is yet to win an Australian Open title; however, she has been the most in-form player on the tour, winning two of the last four grand slam titles. Also, defending champion Ash Barty will not participate in this tournament, which makes Iga the undisputed favourite.
Previous Rounds – Swiatek Australian Open 2023
Iga Swiatek was scheduled to play Jule Niemeier in the first round of the Australian Open. Despite her opponent’s best efforts, Iga came out on top in straight sets. With that win, Swiatek set up a second round encounter with Maria Camilla Osorio Serrano. This was a one-sided contest, as Iga won in straight sets.
Furthermore, Iga Swiatek took on Cristina Bucsa in the third round of the Australian Open. Although the Spaniard had won five matches in a row, she was no match for Swiatek, as the World number 1 cruised through a straight sets victory, 6-0, 6-1.
Upcoming Match vs Rybakina – Swiatek Australian Open 2023
Compared to her previous opponents, Elena Rybakina will be a relatively bigger fish to fry. The 23 year old has looked really good so far, and she defeated Iga the last time they met. In spite of that, we believe Swiatek will make it to the quarterfinal.
Iga Swiatek Recent Form Before 2023 Australian Open
As you’d expect from a player who is ranked number one, her recent form has been pretty solid. Then again, there have been a couple of chinks in the armour of Swiatek if you look back at the last five matches. She’s actually lost two of the last five, although, in all fairness, one of these was an exhibition game. Anyway, please check out the matches listed below to gain an idea of her recent form:
- Swiatek vs Pegula – lost – 2-6, 2-6
- Swiatek vs Trevisan – won – 6-2, 6-4
- Swiatek vs Bencic – won – 6-3, 7-6
- Swiatek vs Putintseva – won – 6-1, 6-3
- Swiatek vs Rybakina – lost – 3-6, 1-6
To give you some statistical insight into this string of matches, her winning percentage is at 60% for the last five. In our opinion, this is still fairly steady moving into the Australian Open 2023. Since Swiatek participated in the United Cup, she’s enjoyed plenty of court time, and this included doubles too. So really, she should be feeling sharp and confident ahead of her efforts in Melbourne. And we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Swiatek did lift the title for the first time in her career.
Swiatek Injury update: Concerning but Manageable
For fans of Iga Swiatek, the news of her withdrawal from the second Adelaide International tournament will naturally be a bit concerning. Swiatek was due to compete there as a warm-up before the Australian Open. But a few days before the event commenced, Swiatek announced her withdrawal from the tournament. The reason for this was an injury that was picked up during the United Cup.
However, we should stress that the injury is not believed to be serious, despite Swiatek being in tears after the singles match against Pegula in the United Cup. To be clear, it’s a right shoulder injury that she is dealing with. Yet nothing has been declared to indicate that it’s serious enough to prompt a possible withdrawal.
Swiatek Australian Open Track Record
This isn’t Swiatek’s first rodeo in the blistering Melbourne heat. Although she is still a spring chicken at just 21 years old, Swiatek has been in the main draw at the Australian Open a total of four times. She has been steadily performing better over the years too. Back in 2019, she made the second round, which was followed by a 4th round appearance in both 2020 and 2021. And last year, Swiatek made the semi-finals before losing to Danielle Collins. To be honest, this was a bit of a surprise.
With that said, once again we should point out that Ash Barty, who won the tournament in 2021 isn’t competing in tennis anymore. So if you work from the process of elimination, her main obstacle in the Australian Open has been removed through retirement. Adding to that, in our opinion, Iga Swiatek would not lose to Danielle Collins these days – not based on the improvements made to her game over the last 12 months.
Finally, we should point out that Iga Swiatek will be the number-one seed for the 2023 Australian Open. This means that theoretically, she should get an easy ride into the second week. However, there are still some niggling doubts about how that shoulder will hold up.
Swiatek Australian Open 2023 Prediction – Semis or Victory
We’ve already pointed out that Iga Swiatek won two of four grand slams in 2022. While the Pole has three grand slam titles to her name, none of those came at the Australian Open. As a matter of fact, the World number 1 has never made it to the final of this tournament; her best result in Melbourne was a semifinal outing last year. However, considering defending champion Ashley Barty will not play in this tournament, we are fairly confident that Iga can go all the way.
When this player gets fired, there is simply nobody on the WTA Tour that can hang with her. She is powerful, and relentless with her groundstrokes, and her mental strength is also commendable. Therefore, it’s fair to say that Swiatek has the whole package required for success in the Australian Open.
Yet things might not be as simple as they seem on the surface. Iga Swiatek is in the top half of the draw as the number one seed. And she is on a collision course with the third seed, Jessica Pegula in the semi-finals. Swiatek actually lost to Pegula recently in the United Cup. So for us, we feel that whoever wins this clash will win the tournament, and we are giving a slight edge to Iga Swiatek.