Martina Navratilova explains why Iga Swiatek is top WTA Finals favorite

Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova says Iga Swiatek is the clear favorite for the WTA Finals title. Swiatek, 21, has had one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory, having played nine finals and won eight titles in 2022.

In each of her past three tournaments, Swiatek made the final – winning two and finishing runner-up in one tournament. Also, there was a period this year during which Swiatek went on a 37-match winning streak. “She won two of the four majors, and the rest of it is just mind-blowing.

When I had a great year, at the year-end championships, you relaxed. It’s ‘I had a great year, I don’t have to prove anything.’ She’s had a couple of weeks off. There’s absolutely no pressure on her, so she could play probably the most free tennis of anybody there,” Navratilova told the WTA website.

Navratilova tips Swiatek to win the WTA Finals

In mid-October, Swiatek made it all the way at the San Diego Open. Playing the San Diego Open was Swiatek’s tactical move as she wanted to get some action in the United States before the WTA Finals.

This year’s WTA Finals edition is taking place in Fort Worth, Texas. “You have to go with Swiatek. How can you go against her? She would probably adapt the best to whatever the speed of the court is going to be. She’s got pretty compact strokes, even though she puts a lot of topspin on that forehand.

It’s not a massive swing, so she can deal with the faster court. And growing up in Poland, she probably would have practiced a lot on faster courts so she can adapt to that. If it’s slow, great, the topspin will pay off for her. I can’t go against her because she’s never going to beat herself,” Navratilova added.

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