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20-year-old Iga Swiatek is set to take the spot as number one in the world on the WTA Tour. Following Ash Barty’s surprise retirement, Swiatek will take the number one ranking by default. But if you’ve been following her tennis recently, you’ll know that she really has been playing like the best in the world. At the time of writing, Swiatek is enjoying a 14-0 streak on the WTA Tour. This isn’t all that far away from Nadal’s streak of 20 match wins at the start of 2022 before he lost to Taylor Fritz.
Of course, such a streak shows significant dominance on the WTA Tour. And this all started when Swiatek won the Doha event at the end of February. In that tournament, Swiatek won five matches to capture the title. And after that, Swiatek managed to lift the trophy at Indian Wells, winning six matches to win the event. Now, she has reached the quarter-finals of Miami, and she is due to play Kvitova this evening.
Given her form, it would take a brave person to bet against her winning the Miami Masters. Of course, this would mean that she has completed the famous ‘sunshine double’. Her tennis of late has been nothing short of magnificent, and below, I’ll show you why I believe that she can keep this run going.
Swiatek to Take the Miami Masters Title – Here’s Why
Swiatek has yet to drop a set at the Miami Masters so far. She has dispatched several top-level players including Golubic, Brengle, and Gauff in the previous round. And it’s not just the fact that she hasn’t dropped a set – it’s the fact that she has destroyed everyone so far. She hasn’t lost more than 4 total games in any of the first three matches.
But besides the results, there are two things that I feel will help her to the title:
It was apparent to everyone how hard Swiatek could hit a tennis ball when she won the French Open back in 2020. But while she could hit big back then, it seems that she has taken her attacking game to new levels recently. Especially with the forehand, Swiatek can dictate points with ease, and her ratio of winners to unforced errors is staggering. She can step it up and spank a clean winner from almost anywhere on the court.
And this has proved to be extremely tough to deal with, even for the top WTA players.
Overall Belief in Her Game
If you are to keep such a streak going at this level, you need ridiculous confidence and belief in your game. From what I’ve witnessed from Swiatek in recent weeks, she truly believes that she can overcome any opposition. And even in tight matches, she keeps going for her shots. This shows that she believes she can make things happen on her own terms.
It is this belief that I feel will take her over the line in Miami. However, she does have a few tough matches to come through between now and Saturday.