Where is she competing next and her season so far…
A look at Iga Swiatek’s 2023 tennis schedule and her results so far this campaign…
The Pole had a winning 2022 season as she played in 17 tournaments and won eight, including two Grand Slams at Roland Garros and the US Open. She also rose to No. 1 in the WTA rankings and recorded a 37-match unbeaten streak at one point.
Needless to say, Swiatek is the player to beat this year, but her season hasn’t been exactly smooth so far.
She started well enough, winning her first three singles matches in the mixed United Cup, but was then blown away by Jessica Pegula in the semi-finals as Poland were beaten 5-0 by the United States.
It was a similar story at the Australian Open as she looked fine in her first three matches but was then stunned by Elena Rybakina in straight sets in the fourth round.
What will follow…
Swiatek has a lot to defend from February to June as she has won seven straight tournaments. There’s always a chance she’ll play a reduced schedule so she can be fresh for the second half of the campaign.
Qatar Open – February 13-19
The Qatar and Dubai events alternate both on the calendar and as WTA 500/1000 events. Last year, the Dubai tournament was held first.
Swiatek started her 37 match unbeaten streak at the WTA 1000 Qatar Open by winning the event and she was confirmed for the 2023 event at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. Of course, only 470 points will be offered to the winner this year.
But she faces stiff competition as Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula and Caroline Garcia will all be on the court.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships – February 20-26
Seeded sixth, Swiatek was upset by Jelena Ostapenko in the second round and the loss turned out to be her last loss in almost five months.
It’s a big tournament on the WTA calendar and all the big guns will be in the draw for the first WTA 1000 title on offer in 2023.
Indian Wells Open – March 6-19
After the Middle Eastern swing, the action moves to the hard courts of the United States with the WTA 1000 Indian Wells Open coming first.
Swiatek is the defending champion again after defeating Maria Sakkari in straight sets in 2022.
Miami Open – March 20-27
Swiatek took a few steps en route to winning her maiden Miami Open title last year by becoming the youngest woman to win the Sunshine Double, despite being the fourth woman overall to win the tournaments consecutive.
She also became the first woman to win the first three WTA 1000 events of the year beating Coco Gauff, Pegula and Naomi Osaka en route to the title.
Stuttgart Open – April 17-23
The action then moves to Europe for the clay-court season and Swiatek started in Germany last year and drove away in a Porsche after winning the tournament on his debut.
It’s tricky for Swiatek, is she defending the 470 points or is she taking a break if she’s reached the trading end of the previous three WTA 1000 events?
Madrid Open – April 24-May 1
This is another event with question marks as she skipped the Madrid Open in 2022 due to an arm injury and to rest.
“I need a break from playing so intensely in order to take good care of my arm and that’s why unfortunately I have to withdraw from the Mutua Madrd Open. My body needs a rest. I will take time to recover. prepare for Rome and Paris,” she said.
Italian Open – May 8-15
She returned to action in Rome and found her way back to winning ways winning back-to-back trophies at Foro Italico and four straight WTA 1000 titles with victories over Sabalenka and Jabeur.
The Pole will be looking to make it three in a row this year.
French Open – May 28-June 11
Roland Garros will give her another opportunity to win a Grand Slam as she looks to win her second title in Paris and her fourth major overall.
Swiatek has beaten Pegula, Daria Kasatkina and Gauff in their last three matches to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup for the second time.
Wimbledon – July 3-16
After taking a hiatus between clay major and grass major, Swiatek never really started at Wimbledon in 2022 as she lost in the third round to Alize Cornet.
The match also ended her 37-game winning streak, but she hopes to prove this year that she can win big titles on grass.
Polish Open – July 24-30
Considering it’s in his home country and on clay, Swiatek will be looking forward to making up for his quarter-final elimination last year and giving the locals plenty to celebrate.
Canadian Open – August 7-13
Swiatek’s North American hard-court swing didn’t get off to a good start as she exited the Canadian Open in the third round, so there’s plenty of room for improvement this year.
Cincinnati Open – August 14-20
The Cincinnati Open also didn’t yield much success as it also didn’t make it past the third round in Mason, Ohio. In fact, she is yet to make it past the third round in back-to-back WTA 1000 events in North America.
US Open – August 28-September 10
But her results in Canada and Ohio were quickly forgotten as she came all the way to Flushing Meadows to win the US Open for the first time.
And again, she saw big hitters in Sabalenka, Pegula and Jabeur.
Asian Swing – September 18-October 22
The Pole has yet to compete in an Asian swing as, since rising to prominence in 2020, tournaments in the region have not been held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But it will likely be a full schedule this year with the Pan Pacific Open (WTA 500), Wuhan Open (WTA 1000) and China Open (WTA 1000) all on the schedule. Although the Chinese events may still be dropped if no resolution is found in the Peng Shuai case.
Guadalajara Open / Ostrava Open – October 23-29
Swiatek played at the Ostrava Open last year as it took place in early October and she finished second to Barbora Krejcikova.
She then skipped the Guadalajara Open as it came too soon after the San Diego Open (which was removed from the schedule this year) and she also wanted to take a break before the WTA Finals.
She might well opt for Ostrava again as it’s close to Poland and she had a lot of support there last year.
WTA Finals – October 30-November 5
The WTA Finals are set to return to China (also dependent on the Peng Shuai case) for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
If she qualifies, she will be there and looking to improve on her semi-final from last year.
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