Iga Świątek will not have the best memories of the WTA tournament in Tokyo. The Pole was eliminated in the second match, losing to Wieronika Kudermietowa. The runner-up in the ranking doesn’t have much time to rest. On Sunday, he will start fighting for the title in Beijing. We already know her rival.
Iga Świątek cannot consider her return after the US Open a success. After the last Grand Slam tournament, the tennis player decided to rest and prepare for the end of the season. However, the tournament in Tokyo did not go as she expected. First, the qualifier from the host country, Mai Hontama, unexpectedly caused her a lot of problems. She failed to triumph in the next round.
Sara Sorribes Tormo is Świątek’s first rival in Beijing
The Pole faced Russian Wieronika Kudiermietowa and lost the match in three sets 2:6, 6:2, 4:6. The defeat was surprising because Świątek had not been defeated in any of her previous direct matches. The athlete from Raszyn has little time for analysis, because after several dozen hours she will have her first fight in China.
Świątek went to Beijing, where she will play in the last WTA 1000 tournament of the season. She will have a first-round match on the night from Saturday to Sunday. The Pole’s rival will be Sara Sorribes Tormo. The Spanish player is the 55th player in the ranking, who can boast of winning two WTA tournaments. The furthest she reached in Grand Slam competitions was at the last Roland Garros. While Świątek won the competition in Paris, the 26-year-old finished the competition in the fourth round.
Both women had a chance to face each other recently in a direct duel. During Wimbledon 2023, Świątek did not give the Spanish a chance. She defeated her 6-2, 6-0 in just over an hour. This advanced her to the third round of the tournament in London.
Iga Świątek can play with Magda Linette
Other Polish representatives are also competing in Beijing. Magdalena Fręch advanced to the main draw of the tournament by walkover. Magda Linette also takes part in the competition. Poland’s second racket has a chance to face Świątek in the third round.