FILE PHOTO: March 11, 2022; Indian Wells, California, United States; Iga Swiatek (POL) hits a shot as she defeats Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) in their 2nd round match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
March 14, 2022
Indian Wells, Calif. (Reuters) – Former French Open champion Iga Swiatek thinks her work with her sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz is finally paying off as the 20-year-old can now remain calm and confident on a regular basis to pull away from adversity recover court.
In the past, Swiatek felt her world collapsed when she lost a tennis match, but now she’s able to find another mental zone, the Pole said after her 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1 win over a Danish teenager Clara Tauson at Indian Wells.
Sunday’s victory was a second straight match and the fourth time in the 2022 season that Swiatek managed to come to victory after losing the opening set.
“I think my work that I’ve done with Daria is clicking and I feel like I have more skills right now to just stay calm and think about solutions,” Swiatek told reporters after winning the fourth round of the reached WTA 1000 events.
“Before, I struggled a bit with emotions and sometimes I didn’t choose the right path to change something. I do not know. After losing the first set, I remember wanting to be more pumped and have more energy, but right now it’s like more focused and, yeah, it’s easier for me to find solutions.”
Abramowicz travels the globe with the 2020 French Open winner and the world number four feels it has helped her change the way she thinks about the sport.
Swiatek reached the semifinals of her season-opening event in Adelaide in January before reaching her first semifinal at the Australian Open that same month. Her first title of the season came at the WTA 1000 event in Qatar in February.
“Before, when I lost, I felt like my whole life was bad and like the basis of my existence was suddenly destroyed because I lost a tennis match,” she added.
“At the moment I have more distance to everything and can see more clearly.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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