When the number 1 was first placed next to Iga Swiatek in the WTA world rankings last March, the Pole had won her second title on the bounce at Indian Wells. Still, that the then top-ranked Ashleigh Barty’s sudden retirement handed it to her would make the strange coronation carry an asterisk with it.
Had Swiatek truly earned it? Was she, in its most basic sense, the world’s best active female singles tennis player? Nine months on, that question has been emphatically erased by the eight titles and two Grand Slams from the Pole’s dance of dominance in 2022.
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Now for another question: how far can Swiatek go with this dominance?
Part to that answer could surface over the next couple of weeks at the Australian Open starting in Melbourne on Monday. It’s where she kicks off her season-opening Grand Slam as the undisputed world No 1 and the largely unchallenged woman to beat from last season.
The 21-year-old, though, has been rather underwhelming at the Australian Open, and will seek joy from the Happy Slam to continue her stretch of supremacy.
A second-round exit in her first appearance at Melbourne Park in 2019 was followed by a couple of departures from the fourth round. A more positive semi-final run unfolded last year before Swiatek was packed off by Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-1 in what she would later describe as the “fastest balls” she had ever faced.
Swiatek has never entirely felt at home in those faster courts Down Under blazing in the sweltering Aussie summer. Take those three-set tussles with unseeded Sorana Cirstea and Kaia Kanepi en route to her semifinals show last year and contrast them with the breezy strolls to the French Open titles. Or the 6-2, 6-2 battering she received—the kind she’d usually hand it to opponents last year—at the hands of American Jessica Pegula at the United Cup earlier this month that brought out her tears on court again.
We haven’t seen them since her second-round defeat at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and after a loss at the WTA Finals later that year. It’s when Swiatek felt, in her own words for The Players’ Tribune, being judged, “exhausted mentally and physically” and “ashamed” of her reactions as a champion, as the 2020 Rolland Garros winner was then with little to back it up.
But when Barty chose to walk away from professional tennis at 25, Swiatek gushed with emotions from an unlikely connect of choosing to do things “differently”.
“And sometimes the best solution is not giving a sh*t, honestly,” Swiatek, the WTA Player of the Year in 2022, wrote in her essay published on Thursday. “I am sorry to curse, but if there is some secret to my success in the last year, it’s giving myself that freedom to not care what people think.
“That’s what led me to winning another Grand Slam and the third one. That’s what led me to No 1. Letting go.”
And letting it rip. A 21st century record 37-match win streak that began in February and lasted till the Wimbledon in July, a second French Open title in June, a first US Open crown in September. Her third Grand Slam title in New York gave her the belief that she had the game to succeed beyond the red dirt, and the hard-court titles of 2022 in Qatar, Indian Wells, Miami, New York and San Diego only reiterated that.
“For me, it’s all about staying kind of solid and actually not changing a lot,” Swiatek said on Saturday. “It worked, so why would I change a lot?”
While the game’s there to rise Down Under, it’s about whether Swiatek can also carry that mental freedom into the new season starting with the Australian Open litmus test.
If she does, there could still be no stopping Swiatek, the world No 1. No asterisk attached.
Tottenham vs Manchester City, Premier League Live Streaming: When and Where | Football News
Manchester City will face off against Tottenham in the Premier League match on Sunday. Both teams are coming off having secured victories in their previous matches. The City overpowered Wolves 3-0 in their previous match while the Tottenham defeated Fulham 1-0 in their last game.
Heaveyweights Manchester City are currently placed in the second position with 45 points. On the other hand, Tottenham are at the fifth spot with 36 points. The City team are in tremendous form having lost just three matches this season.
As the likes of stars Cristian Romero, Harry Kane, Ivan Perisic, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish are expected to participate, the contest offers plenty of excitement for the fans.
Here are the live streaming details:
When will the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham take place?
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2023.
Where will the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham be held?
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will be held in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
What time the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham start?
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will start at 10:00 PM IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham?
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will be broadcast on Star Sports network.
Where will the live streaming of the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham be available?
The live streaming of the the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will be available on Disney+ Hotstar app and Jio TV.
Habitat for Humanity organises 4th edition of Charity Golf Tournament in Mumbai
Habitat for Humanity India, a leading housing non-profit organisation, organised the fourth edition of its charity golf tournament at the prestigious Willingdon Sports Club in Mumbai. The proceeds from the charity golf tournament will be used to build energy-efficient homes in Maharashtra.
Corporate executives and prominent business personalities participated in this charity golf tournament. Names like Harsh Mariwala, Founder and Chairman – Marico; Tarun Rai, Executive Director Strategic Initiatives, APAC – Wunderman Thompson; Dev Bhattacharya, Group Executive President – Aditya Birla Group; Harjit Singh Chauhan, Chief Executive Officer – Tata Teleservices; Akshay Kilachand, Kilachand Group; Ajith Sundaresh, Finance Lead for Global Delivery and Chief Financial Officer for India and Philippines, Wells Fargo; Sudhir Jain, Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer – Bank of America and Nikhil Srivastava, Partner and Managing Director, Head of India Private Equity at PAG participated in the Charity Golf Tournament.
“Those of us who have always lived in adequate housing may not have seen firsthand the struggles that many people endure every day just to survive without the protection of a house. I feel privileged to be part of this cause. Energy-efficient homes will definitely help people in need of decent shelter build strength, stability and self-reliance,” said Ajit Agarkar, former Indian cricketer.
Commenting on the Charity Tournament, Dr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India said, “Energy-efficient homes are the key to mitigate the impact of climate change. Through the fourth edition of the Charity Golf Tournament, we aim to build awareness and mobilise resources for the building energy-efficient housing for families from the low income group. By building homes that are designed to conserve energy and resources, we are not only creating a safer and more comfortable living environment, but also reducing the financial burden on families and communities. I want to thank all the participants who took their time off to support this urgent cause.”
Lionel Messi’s goal helps PSG beat Toulouse 2-1 | Football News
After Lionel Messi’s second-half goal helped a lackluster Paris Saint-Germain beat Toulouse 2-1 to move eight points clear at the top of the French league, the team was urged to lighten their superstar’s load.
Messi struck with a typical curling strike in the 57th minute following a move with Morocco right back Achraf Hakimi, who drew PSG level late in the first half after free kick specialist Branco van den Boomen put Toulouse ahead in the 20th.
PSG was without injured forwards Kylian Mbappé and Neymar and relied heavily on Messi, who hit the post during stoppage time. Without Messi, who has hit 98 goals for Argentina, PSG would have struggled more.
“Messi was a very important driving force for us, given his goal and the chances he created. I’m asking the team to play for him and to work for him. He must be relieved of certain duties,” coach Christophe Galtier said.
“His teammates must intensify their efforts to win the ball back and to create spaces, so that he can spray around his passes which are so rare.”
PSG needs Messi with Bayern Munich coming up on Feb. 14 in the first leg of their round-of-16 game in the Champions League.
Mbappé is out for at least three weeks after sustaining a left thigh tear. Neymar is having treatment for a sore adductor and missed his second straight game. PSG’s injury woes increased when Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches went off injured early with a thigh injury.
PSG had lost two and drawn one of its previous five matches, and fell behind in the 20th when Van den Boomen’s free kick from the right flew past stranded goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma into the left corner.
After Marquinhos hit the post with a header from Messi’s corner, PSG equalized with a fine 20-meter strike from Hakimi in the 38th.
But Marquinhos appeared offside on Messi’s goal, to the frustration of sarcastic-sounding Toulouse coach Philippe Montanier.
“I don’t know the rules of refereeing so well but I did play in goal for 30 years,” he said. “So I know that it’s difficult when a player gets in the way of the ball.”
Kosovo winger Edon Zhegrova equalized with a volley and set up substitute Rémy Cabella’s volleyed goal in the 85th minute as Lille won at Rennes 3-1 to move two points behind Rennes in fifth spot.
After scoring in the third minute in midweek, forward Amine Gouiri netted after only 28 seconds for Rennes.
Also, Alexandre Lacazette scored his 13th goal of the campaign — level with Mbappé — as Lyon won at Troyes 3-1.
Second-placed Marseille needs to beat Nice at home on Sunday to stay five points behind PSG ahead of their clash on Feb. 26.
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