French Open: Iga Swiatek “overwhelmed” by the support of Robert Lewandowski and surpassing the mark of Serena Williams | Tennis News – NewsGroove Uk

Polish heroes Robert Lewandowski (left) and Iga Swiatek greet each other after their victory at Roland Garros in Paris

French Open champion Iga Swiatek said she was “overwhelmed” by the support of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski in the stands and surpassed Serena Williams’ mark.

Swiatek, who sealed his second Roland Garros crown in three years with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 demolition.
Coco Gauff was supported in the stands by Polish superstar striker Robert Lewandowski.

Swiatek has proven to be an unstoppable force since being elevated to the world’s number one crew.

“I didn’t know it, and I’m glad I would have been very stressed,” she smiles.

“I’m glad he’s here, honestly. I don’t know if he’s a big tennis fan or not. But yeah, I mean, go!

“He has been a top athlete in our country for so many years and it is hard to believe that he will come to see me.

“I hope he liked it. I hope he comes back. Yes, I don’t know. I’m just overwhelmed.”

Swiatek’s 35th consecutive victory saw her surpass Serena Williams’ mark of 34 consecutive victories this century and match that of her sister Venus Williams.

“Honestly, it may seem strange, but having this 35th victory and doing something more than Serena is something special,” said the 21-year-old, who has established her place at the helm of women’s tennis. .

“Because I’ve always wanted to have some kind of record. In tennis, it is quite difficult after Serena’s career.

“So it basically hit me hard, you know. Obviously I won a Grand Slam too, but it was pretty special because I felt like I did something that no one had ever done before, and maybe it will be even more so. That was special. ”

Swiatek wore a Ukrainian ribbon on his cap throughout the fortnight and urged the war-torn country to “stay strong” in its acceptance speech.

Gauff, admirably, has also used his platform to highlight issues beyond tennis this fortnight, including the continuing problem of American armed violence.

The woman who burst onto the scene when she was 15 at Wimbledon three years ago has become a hugely impressive figure both on and off the court.

So it was hard not to feel sorry for her as she apologized with tears to her team on the field after picking up the runner-up plate.

The American promised to learn from an important and exhausting first final and admitted that she now knows the level she must reach to challenge Swiatek’s dominance.

“Now that I’ve seen the level, that level of numbers and 35 games, I know that’s what I have to do,” he said.

“I hope next time. I’m sure I’ll play it in another final and I hope it will be a different result.

“I really feel that it helped me a lot in my confidence. I think even when I was 15, 16, 17 I felt a lot of pressure to make a final. Now that I’ve done it, I’m a little relieved.”

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