Iga Swiatek wants to ‘drive car, not party’ after winning Qatar Open and rising to No 4 in WTA rankings
Iga Swiatek has reached a career-high ranking of No 4 in the world after the Polish 20-year-old beat Anett Kontaveit to win the Qatar Open. The 2020 French Open champion reached the Australian Open semi-finals in January, and is switching her focus to Indian Wells which starts in California on March 7.
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“I’m not an expert on celebrating, maybe the celebration is actually not thinking about tennis in our lives that I think we have to cut everything off sometimes,” she said.
“So I’m going to have a few days when I’m going to see my friends, I’m going to use my driving license finally and drive the car in Warsaw a little bit, I just want to chill out, I’m not the kind of person who’s going to go to a party or something.
Iga Swiatek of Poland poses with the champions trophy after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the final of the Qatar TotalEnergies Open
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“I want to basically also physically come back fresh, this tournament was pretty hard for me physically – even though I played just two sets, I felt like this aggressive game is really intense for my body.”
Swiatek reached the French Open quarters last year when looking to defend her title. Her best showing at Wimbledon is the fourth round in 2021, while she exited the US Open at the same stage last year.