Aryna Sabalenka sets eyes on overtaking Iga Swiatek: I also want to be No 1

Iga Swiatek, since she became number one in the WTA, she has had to deal with completely different pressure. In fact, reaching a certain status in the world of tennis has several consequences. “Tennis, in a way, forced me to get used to fame and change my personality.

It gave me an extra push. I knew that to belong to the tennis elite, I would have to learn how to manage the relationship with the media and think about the messages I wanted to convey before I spoke,” she said. The Polish player, despite the increase in her popularity, has never been afraid to express her thoughts on important issues.

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Swiatek was in fact one of the first tennis players to speak out against the war in Ukraine. A position that you have also claimed against the WTA itself, according to her, too flexible in the decisions to be taken towards the Russians and Belarusians.

Tennis could have done better. Players from Russia and Belarus were allowed to play tournaments albeit as neutrals. I know it’s a small thing, because we’re just athletes, but sport is quite important, it’s always been used by propaganda,” she added.


Swiatek: “It’s hard to trust people”

In a fun chat with Mikaela Shiffrin, the most successful athlete in the history of the Alpine Ski World Cup, Swiatek focused on the popularity achieved in tennis. “When I started speaking in front of the cameras, I realized that I was good.

On the one hand, this thing helped me; on the other hand, it made me more famous. It’s hard to trust people in this situation,” explained Swiatek in the words reported by Eurosport. She then added: “I’m still trying to figure out how to behave in this world.

People in Poland are very nice, but it’s hard to talk to a person and let them really know who I am. Sometimes they treat me differently, which is one which I warn.”


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