Victory for Iga Swiatek, undisputed patron of women’s tennis

After falling in love with the Japanese Naomi Osaka, with a raw personality but too inconsistent results for two seasons, after the Australian Ashley Barty, number 1 in the world before the surprise advance of her retirement, at 25 years, last March, women’s tennis finally had a lasting headliner with Iga Swiatek. On Saturday, June 4, the 21-year-old Pole logically lifted the Cup at Roland-Garros after showing the track to the promise of the American tennis player Coco Gauff (18) in the final of the Grand Slam in Paris (6-1 , 6-). 3).

The signs of a boss are found less in his press conferences, always very conventional, than in the reading of his party leaflets: pocketing his second Roland-Garros, after an unexpected success two years ago so it was only 53 at the timee A world player, the Pole only needed 1:15 on average in her seven matches, giving up only one of the 15 played in Paris. The only player to steal a set, China’s Zheng in the round of 16, then suffered a rebound in the next two, to a 6-7, 6-0, 6-2 victory in the end.

With this new success – his sixth title this season after winning in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome – Swiatek extends his streak to 35 games, equaling the American Venus Williams, so far the only holder of the record for a 21st century player, after returning to the height of Williams’ other sister, Serena, in the previous round (34 wins in a row). The Pole, however, stays away from the very high bar set by the Czech Martina Navratilova and her 74th-ranked victories in the 1980s. “These statistics are not helpful, they do not help me,” he entrusted the interested party during his fortnight to Porte d’Auteuil, aware that his series of victories could increase the weight of his next defeat.

If she prefers to break free from the media buzz that now surrounds each of her outings, it’s because the player has resisted the pressure in the first of her off-field struggles. At the end of the meetings she drowns her competitors from the bottom of the track, the Pole sends her meetings more often to the press, following one of the recommendations of her mental trainer, Daria Abramowicz.

A collaboration that began at the age of 17 when the Pole was not yet among the top 100 players in the WTA rankings. “From the beginning, she was very open (…) She felt she needed a different psychological approach than usual. It’s pretty weird at this age. “ fell this week at Release. “If you have high expectations like Iga, it’s perfectly normal for there to be pressure, and it’s impossible for it to go away. If you try, you will waste energy unnecessarily. So let’s work with full awareness: If you accept what you’re going through, chances are you’ll be able to shift your focus to something else, such as performance or recovery work. »

In the final of the Champions League, played in Saint-Denis during the fortnight and that did “would have liked” look, he confessed, or in the spirit of the times fueled by social media, Swiatek still resists, preferring the wisest reading of the last Yuval Noah Harari, or a classic of Agatha Christie: “Maybe in two or three years I will be able to do it, but at the moment it is too difficult. Maybe I can’t focus enough on tennis. I have to follow my routine. » The bubble seems necessary in women’s tennis, which has lacked stability for several seasons – the winners of the women’s table remained with eight different winners – which has probably predicted peaks too fast for its young nuggets for several seasons.

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On the Ukrainian war, the champion does not seem, again, ready to take on the disguise of the most renowned sportswoman in Poland behind the footballer Robert Lewandowski, who also came on Saturday to cheer her on in the stands. She just remembers it “Sport is often exploited by politicians.” More comfortable talking about Rafael Nadal’s passion for tennis. “I wrote in a little notebook, everything he did until he was 15”will support the Spanish in the final of the men’s draw on Sunday 5 June.

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