“Stressed” Swiatek wants more ahead of…

“Stressed” world No.1 Iga Swiatek is striving for greater consistency ahead of this month’s Australian Open after taking longer than expected to dispose of Martina Trevisan in the United Cup’s Brisbane final on Wednesday.
With her Polish team trailing 1-0 after Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti’s straight sets demolition of Daniel Michalski at Pat Rafter Arena, Swiatek responded to beat Trevisan 6-2, 6-4.

However, the match ended up being much tougher for Swiatek than the scoreline suggested.
Having cruised through the first set in just 34 minutes, Swiatek admitted she found it tough to close out the contest as world No.27 Trevisan – buoyed by chants of “Italia” from the crowd – found a new level.
Trevisan’s fight and determination ensured the second set lasted 77 minutes, with Swiatek forced to save three break points and in a final rally that lasted 18 shots when serving for the match.
“It was stressful,” said the 21-year-old Polish star, who finished the match with 32 unforced errors, including 23 in the second set.

For Swiatek, who earlier this week after beating Swiss star Belinda Bencic admitted she was a “perfectionist”, that wasn’t good enough.
“In my next match, my goal is going to be more consistent and to keep the same level of tennis until the end,:” she said.

“(But) I’m p[pretty happy that even though Martina came back and played a really good second set I was able to finish it.

“Martina had her chances as well and it felt like she could give it all because I was the one that was leading.
“I don’t know how you guys do it when you watch tennis, but it was tough.
“I’m just happy that we are here – today is a pretty special day.”
Earlier, Italy stormed to a 1-0 lead in the tie when world No.23 Musetti thrashed Michalski 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes.

Then mismatch was obvious from the start, Michalski, ranked 237 places lower than his opponent, being outclassed by the far superior Musetti, who dropped just three points on serve for the entire match.
“The serve worked really good, but every shot, I had a great feeling,” Musetti said.
“Today I was moving really fast with my feet. That’s a key part of my game, and today I was on fire from that side (of my game), so I could manage the match in a positive way.”

Musetti also said he had “positive vibes” for the year ahead, with his goals including breaking into the world’s top 10.

“Last season was a nice experience for me because I won my first title – I’m feeling good,” he said.

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