Iga Swiatek urges fans not to put 'unrealistic expectations' on her
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Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek has urged her fans not to put unrealistic expectations on her. Swiatek, 21, suffered a surprise 6-4 6-2 loss in last week's Dubai final against Barbora Krejcikova. The week earlier, Swiatek won Doha with a total of five games dropped.
Swiatek also made the Dubai final without a set dropped but then suffered a shock loss against Krejcikova. "Yesterday I was still in Dubai, today I'm in Warsaw, soon in Indian Wells. These last few weeks were intense, and challenging but we did a lot of good work and progress.
I enjoyed tournaments in Doha and Dubai and even though I lost the final in Dubai (huge congrats Barbora!) my level was good despite the infection and I gave it all I could at the moment. I can see that some of you have higher expectations of me but well.
I'm just human. I will keep my standards high, I will enjoy my time on tour and keep working hard. At the end of the day that is all I can control. My effort and engagement. Thank you all for the support and see you soon!" Swiatek said in a message posted on her Twitter.
Swiatek fell short of winning back-to-back titles
Last year, Swiatek's run of 37 consecutive wins and six consecutive titles started in February. After Swiatek won Doha and reached the Dubai final, some thought this could be the start of the Pole's new big run.
Unfortunately for Swiatek and her fans, it didn't happen after she lost to Krejcikova in the Dubai final. Next up for Swiatek will be a Wta 1000 event in Indian Wells, where she will be the defending champion. Last year, Swiatek won her first Indian Wells title and then replaced Ashleigh Barty at the top spot.
Going into this year's Indian Wells edition, Swiatek is again the top favorite to win the title. It remains to be seen if Swiatek can end victorious again in Indian Wells.