Iga Swiatek got her Indian Wells Masters title defence off to a flying start on Saturday as she crushed Claire Liu 6-0, 6-1.

The rout in just over an hour looked to be going love and love until the American managed to win a game to a big round of applause.

After leading 6-0, 5-0, the underdog finally got her game, with the top-seeded Swiatek closing it out moments later.

It was the fifth time this season that the world No. 1 from Poland has lost just one game in winning a match.

“Coming back after such a great result last year is something else,” Swiatek said.

“I wanted to get my level of energy up a little bit, because it’s the hardest thing to do when everything goes your way.

“For sure, Claire used that moment when I didn’t play as aggressive as I should have. 

“But I’m pretty happy that I was able to close it out fast.”

Swiatek now stands a comfortable 13-3 on the season with all of her victories achieved in straight sets

The 6-0 first set was her sixth of 2023; Swiatek did not face a break point and lost just 11 points in seven service games.


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