In a recent interview with Bartosz Gebicz for Przeglad Sportowy, Iga Swiatek‘s father Tomasz Swiatek talked about his daughter’s career and touched on the topic of other successful women’s players, where he emphasized the improvement of American Jessica Pegula.
The world No.1 Swiatek absolutely dominated the year 2022, with eight titles, including two Grand Slams, and a 37-match winning streak, the longest on the WTA Tour in the 21st century. When her father, a former Olympic rower, was asked whether Ons Jabeur, Paula Badosa or Maria Sakkari would show consistently good results in the coming period, he responded that he would rather pick someone else — Jessica Pegula.
“I respect her work, how consciously and consistently she develops,” Tomasz said about Pegula. “But of course, each of the tennis players we are talking about has enormous skills, ambition, heart to fight. Everyone is capable of success.”
The 28-year-old Pegula cracked the singles Top 20 in 2021 and has now climbed to the world No.3, having played three Grand Slam quarterfinals in 2022. She’s just as good in doubles, with a career-high of No.3 and current ranking of No.6.
When asked whether the 2022 WTA Finals runner-up Aryna Sabalenka is possibly Iga’s biggest threat if she plays more consistently and reduces the number of unforced errors, Tomasz noted that he didn’t like the Belarusian’s game style, and the fact that she beat Iga in Fort Worth can also be attributed to the fact that Iga was very tired at the time and didn’t play her best tennis.
Talking about a long-term perspective and whether the 21-year-old Iga would manage to stay motivated for years to come, Tomasz praised his daughter’s mental stability and how she didn’t let the success go to her head, but he also said that distant future is always uncertain and that her team focuses on a year or two ahead.
Then Tomasz mentioned Estonian world No.17 Anett Kontaveit, whom he admires a lot, and revealed how she is a little tired of tennis, which he finds a bit sad. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still passionate about victories even though they are much older, so Tomasz suggested we should find out what keeps them hungry for more.
All in all, Tomasz can’t predict how things will turn out for Iga, but he can confirm that she’s well-prepared for the 2023 season and tennis brings her a lot of joy right now. (photos: Jimmie48)