‘I am happy times have changed,’ Swiatek wins first match at Indian Wells
Polish star Iga Swiatek cruised to victory in her first main-draw appearance at Indian Wells after losing in qualifying two years ago.
More than 30 months after her qualifying loss at Indian Wells, Swiatek is now the second seed at the event and a Grand Slam champion after surging through the field at Roland Garros in 2020.
In her opener in California, the 20-year-old needed just 71 minutes to dispatch Petra Martic 6-1, 6-3 to reach the third round.
The Pole, who won nine of the first 10 games in the match, says she is playing with far more confidence than she did two years ago.
“In 2019, I was not playing that confident, but I am really happy that times have changed now,” said Swiatek.
“There are many places I have not played because I could not finish my season in 2019, and last year, we only had six tournaments, so it’s pretty exciting.