Saturday, March 11, 2023 - Iga Swiatek plays against Claire Liu in the 2nd round of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Kathryn Riley/BNP Paribas Open)
If there was anyone wondering how World No.1 Iga Swaitek was going to handle defending her BNP Paribas Open title –well, you have your answer.
The Polish superstar, who took over the top ranking almost exactly a year ago following the shock retirement of then No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, was ruthless in her opening round match against Claire Liu, dominating the American 6-0, 6-1 in just over an hour of play on Stadium 1 court.
Oh, and she did this: 👇
IGA INSANITY 😍
From all angles….#TennisParadise| @iga_swiatek pic.twitter.com/8D7SmI1a7L
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 11, 2023
We’re not even into the second week, but could that be the point of the tournament? No one turns defence into attack like Swiatek does… so it’s very possible. 🔥
See Iga’s full highlights from Saturday: