Roland-Garros 2022: Iga Swiatek, the amazing and uninhibited patron of women's tennis

Roland-Garros 2022: Iga Swiatek, the amazing and uninhibited patron of women’s tennis

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Since the beginning of 2022, there is Iga Swiatek and the others. More dominant than ever at Porte d’Auteuil, the 21-year-old Pole is the undisputed queen of the women’s circuit. Following her 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, June 4 (6-1 ,6-3). A new coronation that comes to crown three months of undisputed dominance of the boy from Warsaw.

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

A success also synonymous with a 35th consecutive victory for the Pole, the longest uninterrupted winning streak among women since the early 2000s, tied with Venus Williams. I am very proud of this series. the 21-year-old underlined in the post-match conference. It’s hard to have a record in women’s tennis after Serena’s career (Williams, 34 wins in a row), So beating her is really something very special for me.”

“Surely we have found a chief, estimates France Télévisions consultant and famous coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. It is a number 1 that assumes completely, which is very rare. of serene (William), there is almost no one who has managed to stay at the top, she is one of the few players who is holding up the house well at the moment. What she has done this year is sensational. She has very good days ahead of her, that’s for sure.”

“Two titles in three years is something exceptional”, specifies the quadruple winner of Roland-Garros, Justine Hénin. However, impressed by the performance of the Pole, the consultancy France Télévisions calls for caution: “Things always happen on the circuit”.

However, Swiatek, the sole survivor of the Top 10 after the third round of this Roland-Garros, looks set to stay on top this year. In Paris he once again shone for his athletic qualities, his speed of movement, his fierce right hand and his great ability to anticipate. “I have the impression that this season everything has fallen into place, all the work I have done physically, tennis and mentally”Swiatek explained after her express semifinal against Daria Kasatkina (6-2, 6-1). “Last year I was still gaining experience. Now I am using my experience to make everything work as it should.”

A recent rise in power that coincides with his change of coach in the preseason. Previously supported by Piotr Sierzputowski, Swiatek is now followed by Tomasz Wiktorowski. “It helped me change my way of thinking about the game, the player recently declared to WTA Insider. He convinced me to play more aggressively. Before, I didn’t really think it was my kind of game, whereas today I feel like this aggressiveness is one of the keys to my success this season.”

His dominance is such that we almost forgot 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 Aussie won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon (three since the 2022 Australian Open). A consistency that seemed to be missing 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 her title, Swiatek (eliminated in the quarter-finals last year at Porte d’Auteuil) appears to have found the key to managing the expectations around her and thus performing well in The fields. Her work with the sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz, who has been following her since 2019 on all her trips, is bearing fruit. I am more relaxed underlined the Pole before the start of the tournament. I learned to better handle the pressure and expectations around me. […] I wasn’t so confident before. This year I feel much more serenity.”

The regularity, the Polish had also become one of his main objectives after his surprise coronation in 2020. “Many can compare us with (Agniezka) Radwanska [Finaliste polonaise de Wimbledon en 2012] but I have to play regularly for the next two years to be able to say that I am the best player in Poland, declared after his first Porte d’Auteuil title. I still have a long way to go to reach it. What is problematic in women’s tennis is staying consistent. That’s going to be the biggest challenge for me.” We can say that it is already done for the one who is a two-time Grand Slam starter, at only 21 years old.

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