WATCH: Swiatek blitzed American Claire Liu to kick off her 2023 BNP Paribas Open campaign.


Iga, on ice?

The world No. 1 met up with fellow Olympic athletes Jean Luc Baker and Nathan Chen, who won figure skating’s Olympic gold medal in 2022, following her opening-round victory at the BNP Paribas Open.

Swiatek has long appreciated winter sports, cultivating a friendship with alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin in the years since romping to her first Grand Slam title in 2020.

“I don't know a lot about the technique but even I can see with my eyes that, yeah, she has this huge talent,” Swiatek said of Shiffrin on Saturday. “She's making everything to optimize her potential and to just ski well mentally, physically, and technically, so I really respect that.

“She deserves this, and she's a nice person. We haven't met still, but like the Instagram messages tell me she's a nice person. Huge congrats to her.”


Baker, an Olympic ice dancer and former junior world champion, teamed up with Chen to watch Swiatek make quick work of American Claire Liu. The two later got the chance to meet and take a few photos—with the California desert serving as a backdrop.

How would Swiatek hack it on the ice? Perhaps she can get Daria Kasatkina's girlfriend Natalia Zabiiako to give her a few lessons!