Iga Swiatek talks about the duel with Victoria Azarenka in Rome

World no. 1 Iga Swiatek said she was proud of her performance in her first match in Rome as she admitted Elena-Gabriela Ruse was not an easy opponent. After a first-round bye, Swiatek made a convincing start to her Rome campaign as she defeated Ruse 6-3, 6-0.

“I’m pretty proud that I was able to get into the rhythm today, just take a few lessons during the game and improve my game, game by game,” Swiatek said after her first win in Rome on the WTA Tour website.

“That was a pretty solid match for me… I think she’s playing really solid tennis. I felt that on my racquet today that she could really return some powerful shots.”

Swiatek beats Ruse and now meets Azarenka

Swiatek struggled with her serve in the opener as she got broken twice. However, the first set was never in danger for Swiatek as she broke Ruse’s serve four times in the opener.

In the second set, Swiatek started serving much better as she didn’t have a single break point. Also, Swiatek broke Ruse’s serve three times to complete a straight-set win. Swiatek next plays against former world No. 1 Azarenka.

The duels between Swiatek and Azarenka are 1:1. Azarenka beat Swiatek when they met at the 2020 US Open, but the Pole won their second meeting at the Adelaide International earlier this year. “I actually spoke to my coach about the difference between their game on hard and clay.

We will definitely analyze that. Tactically I’ll be prepared,” Swiatek said. “I’ve never had the opportunity to train with her on clay so I’m not sure what the game will be like… She’s such an experienced player that you expect a change have to be. They have to be willing to face a lot of variety in their game.”