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Swiatek Leads Poland to Fast Start vs Switzerland at BJK Cup

Swiatek Leads Poland to Fast Start vs Switzerland at BJK Cup

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday April 12, 2024

Photo Source: ITF/ BJK Cup

Iga Swiatek is no stranger to winning streaks. She of the 37-match tear in 2022 is also building a nice little number for the Polish BJK Cup team – Swiatek made it six consecutive victories in the format, defeating World No.158 Simona Waltert 6-3, 6-1 to give Poland the lead over Team Switzerland in Biel.

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It was a victory that was more difficult to achieve than the scoreline suggested, said Swiatek, who saved six of seven break points and won 15 of 21 second-serve return points against the 23-year-old.

The Pole has dropped a total of 5 games in her last three BJK Cup matches, and is 8-2 overall at BJK Cup.

“We had many games that were kind of even, with many deuces and break points. For sure it wasn’t easy – I felt like she can play like an underdog more with no pressure and with the Swiss crowd support.”

World No.1 Swiatek has not lost at BJK Cup since falling to Dayana Yastremska in 2019 – Friday marked her first appearance in the competition since 2022.

“I knew what I can show and I wanted to just stay solid,” the four-time major champion added. “Because at the beginning I made a couple of mistakes that changed the momentum a little bit but the key is not to overthink it and not make the same mistakes so I’m glad that I did that at the end.”

Swiatek has now won six Billie Jean King Cup matches in a row – remaining unbeaten since a defeat to Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska in 2019.

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