French Open champion Iga Swiatek blew away thoughts of her early exit in last week’s Gippsland Trophy to send Arantxa Rus home early with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 win in 75 minutes on Monday.
Swiatek did not face a break point in the opening set, took her foot off the gas little in the second as she came back from 2-0 down to take out the match.
“Basically I felt much better than during my first tournament here, much more confident,” Swiatek said after the match.
“Even though I had some doubts because I played against Arantxa Rus in Rome, and that wasn’t a good match for me, I think I started from a brand-new position. I just wanted to dominate on court, and I did pretty well, so I’m happy.
“I just played good tennis. Maybe I made some decisions that weren’t perfect, like some of the dropshots, but it’s also the first match of the tournament. I hope I’m going to be playing better and better next round.”