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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday August 10, 2022

Different surface, different Iga?

After several months of bouncing from clay to grass and back to clay, Iga Swiatek is settling in on the hard courts and hoping for a fruitful run to and through the 2022 US Open.

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She started that journey with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 victory over Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic on Wednesday, racing past the Wimbledon quarterfinalist in a cool 64 minutes to book a round of 16 clash with Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Make that 20 wins on the trot on hard courts for Swiatek, who last lost on the surface in Dubai to Jelena Ostapenko, before reeling off titles at Doha, Indian Wells and Miami (with two Fed Cup wins after that).

“I am really happy because finally I feel like I found my rhythm,” said Swiatek, who improved to 47-5 on the season. “After two months of constantly thinking about surfaces right now I’m on hard court and I feel like I’m ready to just improve my game and focus on that – I’m really happy that I’m learning new things and I feel like it’s going to be a great US Open series, pretty tough, but hopefully I’m going to handle the pressure and everything, and just keep going.”

Swiatek is in an upbeat mood in Toronto, and is relishing the chance to continue her work on hard courts, where she is now 27-3 on the season.

She says she felt good the moment she started hitting on the surface in Toronto.

“I was kind of surprised, but from the first practice I played here I felt really good,” she said. “And even though there was jet lag and I was coming back from clay I felt like I was in a good place. I feel like it's this whole tournament and city that is giving me that, because I really like being here.

“Practice by practice I felt like I'm kind of feeling the court better and better. So that's what I was here for, you know, for this week.”


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