In the Chetumal group of the WTA Finals 2023 being held in Cancun, Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek beat US Open champion Coco Gauff and she will still have the chance to end the year in first place in the WTA ranking. Swiatek won with a score of 6-0 7-5 in an hour and a half of match.
In the first set she won 12 of the 16 return points and in the second set she found herself down a break at 5-4 before winning 12 of the last 14 points of the set to win the match.
Iga Swiatek on her rivalry with Coco Gauff
At the end of the match, Iga gave the usual interview dealing with various topics on the agenda.
“I would say that this evening I played with a lot of confidence, I think I was able to respond to Coco’s game at all times, especially doing it at the right time of the match. We have created a good rivalry in recent years, so I’m sure we will face each other many more times in the coming seasons.” The topic of the busy schedule and the health of the tennis players has been the subject of several statements within the WTA and even Swiatek did not hold back, stating: “Obviously, I’ve competed on the professional circuit for four seasons, but this is the first time that the best players and the lower-level players have really come together to make a big impact with their decisions, to do something.
Obviously we are not happy with some things and that is why we want to change the calendar for next year. In 2024 we will have many more mandatory tournaments, which will have a huge negative impact on our health and well-being.
I am 22 years old and I have just played two of the most intense seasons of my life. I already feel that it will be difficult to continue at this pace for many years, but it will be much more difficult if the WTA decides to take this path by increasing the number of mandatory tournaments.
Most of the 2024 WTA 1000 will last two weeks, something that will affect our time at home and the time between tournaments. I feel like it’s all about wanting more and more, but not really taking care of our well-being and health.” Swiatek will be involved in the last match of the Chetumal group against the Tunisian Ons Jabeur to secure first place.