Iga Swiatek, the amazing and uninhibited patron of women’s tennis

Since early 2022, there are Iga Swiatek and the others. More dominant than ever in Porte d’Auteuil, the 21-year-old Polish is the undisputed queen of the women’s circuit. After their surprise victory in October 2020, Swiatek, this year’s ultra-favorite, won a second Suzanne-Lenglen Cup, beating American prodigy Coco Gauff in the Roland-Garros final on Saturday 4 June (6-1,6 -3). A new coronation that comes to crown three months of indisputable domination of the Warsaw boy.

Swiatek is fully assuming his recent world No. 1 status, which he suddenly inherited in early April following the surprise retirement of Ashleigh Barty. This coronation is the sixth consecutive WTA title in 2022 for Iga Swiatek (after Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome), a feat that only Serena Williams achieved in 2003.

A success also synonymous with the 35th consecutive victory of the Polesa, the largest uninterrupted series of victories between women since the early 2000s, tied with Venus Williams. “I am very proud of this series, the 21-year-old stressed at the post-match conference. It is difficult to have a record in women’s tennis after Serena’s career (Williams, 34 straight wins), so beating her is really very special to me. “

“We certainly found a boss, loves France Télévisions consultant and famous coach Patrick Mouratoglou. It’s a number 1 that he completely assumes, which is very rare. De la Serena (Williams), almost no one has managed to stay in the lead, is one of the few players who currently holds the house well. What he has done this year is sensational. He has very good days ahead of him, that’s for sure. ”

“Two titles in three years is an exceptional thing,” Roland-Garros four-time winner Justine Hénin specifies. Impressed by the Polish performance, the France Télévisions consultancy calls for caution, but: “Things always happen on the circuit”.

However, Swiatek, the only survivor of the Top 10 after the third round of this Roland-Garros, seems on track to stay in the lead this year. In Paris he shone again with his athletic qualities, his speed of movement, his strong right and his great capacity for anticipation. “I have the impression that this season, everything has come together, all the work I’ve done physically, tensely and mentally.”Swiatek explained after his express semi-final against Daria Kasatkina (6-2, 6-1). “Last year I was still gaining experience. Now I’m using my experience to make everything work the way it should.”

A recent rise to power that coincides with his change of coach in the off-season. Formerly backed by Piotr Sierzputowski, Swiatek is now followed by Tomasz Wiktorowski. “It helped me change the way I think about the game, the player recently told WTA Insider. He convinced me to play more aggressively. I didn’t really think it was my type of game before, but today I feel that aggression is one of the keys to my success this season. “

His dominance is such that we almost forget that a year ago, Swiatek was still looking for consistency. The Pole has repeatedly admired Ashleigh Barty’s consistency in the 2021 season, during which the Australian won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon (three since the 2022 Australian Open). A consistency that seemed to be lacking last year.

I managed to prove to myself and others that I can be among the best

Iga Swiatek

at the pre-tournament press conference

Under pressure in Paris in June 2021 to defend his title, Swiatek (eliminated in the quarter-finals last year at Porte d’Auteuil) seems to have found the key to managing the expectations around him, and thus have a good performance on the slopes. Her work with sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz, who has been following her since 2019 on all her travels, is bearing fruit. “I’m more relaxed, stressed the Pole before the start of the tournament. I learned to better manage the pressure and expectations around me. […] Before, I didn’t have as much confidence. This year, I feel much more serene. “

Regularity, the Polish had also become one of its main goals after the surprise of its coronation in 2020. “Many can compare us (Agnieszka) Radwanska [Finaliste polonaise de Wimbledon en 2012] but I have to play regularly for the next two years to be able to say I’m the best player in Poland, he declared after his first Porte d’Auteuil title. I still have a long way to go to catch up. What’s problematic about women’s tennis is staying consistent. That will be the biggest challenge for me. “ We can say that now it is done for what has twice the title of Grand Slam, with only 21 years.

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