US Open champion Iga Swaitek eager to bounce back in San Diego after Ostrava final heartbreak

Poland's Iga Swiatek is feeling motivated to round off her superlative season with two more WTA events.

The indomitable Pole has enjoyed an incredible 2022, notching up a 60-8 season so far, becoming the first to do so since 2017. During the run, Swiatek has added no less than seven titles - including two Grand Slams - to her growing list of accolades. 

Now, the 21-year-old arrives in California for her penultimate tournament of the year at the San Diego Open, where she hopes to stay sharp ahead of the WTA Finals in Fort Worth.

"It makes sense because I just have to have more matches before the WTA Finals," Swiatek told wtatennis.com.

"It would be pretty bad if I would have three weeks without matches because I would be a little bit not in the rhythm.

"So it makes sense to be here for sure. I really wanted to play because of the city and I heard so many positive things about the tournament that I wanted to come."

Swiatek is coming of a narrow loss to Barbora Krejcikova in the final of the Agel Open in Ostrava on the weekend. A loss in 2022 is a rare thing indeed, not that Swiatek is struggling for motivation.

"Right now I don't even feel like I need goals because I just really enjoy being on court and competing," contiued the ten-time WTA Tour winner.

"So I'm just doing that. I'm not overanalyzing. I think that's pretty cool because last year I was analyzing everything and it made me really nervous before the WTA Finals. So this time I'm doing it a little bit differently.

"Right now I still find it pretty weird that I won the US Open and sometimes it just hits me out of nowhere and I'm like, that's cool."

Waiting for Swiatek in San Diego are the likes of Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabelenka, who will both be gunning for a place in the prestigious WTA Finals at the end of the month.

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