“She is the boss,” Justine Henin hails Iga Swiatek for staying at the top of the game for such a long time

Iga Swiatek beat Jasmine Paolini to earn her fourth Roland Garros title, ten behind her idol Rafael Nadal.

“She is the boss,” Justine Henin hails Iga Swiatek for staying at the top of the game for such a long time

Iga Swiatek and Justine Henin (via IMAGO)

Iga Swiatek has enjoyed unprecedented success since last season. The Polish star who turned 23 on the last day of May, has been the best player so far this year. She looks to be growing in confidence with every tournament since the clay season began, which has led six-time Grand Slam Champion Justine Henin to hail her as the boss.

The World No.1 isn’t only a player known for winning on the clay surface. She also won the US Open in 2022 and this year won the Indian Wells Masters in March. However, she is at her best on the clay surface. The Polish star has shown consistent competitiveness, winning back-to-back Masters 1000 titles.

She defeated Aryna Sabalenka in a thrilling three-set in the Madrid Open final that lasted for over an hour. Fans were hoping for the same when they met again in Rome, but Swiatek had taken her game to another. The match was won in straight sets by the Polish star. She didn’t stop at Rome but extended her run at the Roland Garros.

She became the first player since Justine Henin to win the French Open three consecutive times and make it four in five years. Henin, who enjoyed great success at the Roland, hailed Swiatek for maintaining the standard of her game.

Iga is the boss. But we can see how hard it is to win and to win and to win. It’s tough to stay at the top of the game for such a long time. Iga, she has something special for this. I think she is really strong, and if she stays healthy, keeps the motivation, she can win a lot here.
Justine Henin said via WTA

Swiatek beat Italian Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the French Open. The Italian was hoping to win her first Grand Slam, but Swiatek was just too good for her.

Iga Swiatek hoping to reach Rafael Nadal’s 14 French Open titles following her fourth today

Iga Swiatek is also aiming to win more French Open titles like her idol Rafael Nadal. The 23-year-old has already won four and although far, looks on course to Nadal’s fourteen clay major titles. She has been playing her best games in recent years.

Nonetheless, she is hoping to see how many she can win in fourteen years. The Pole will be 37 years old then.

Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek (via Imago)
We'll see in 14 years if the journey is similar. I mean, that's obviously really nice for me. I would never expect anybody to compare me to Rafa because for me he's above everybody, and he's a total legend.
Iga Swiatek told the reporters

The Pole will now look to focus on the upcoming Olympic Games and Wimbledon after soaking in the highs attained at the 2024 Roland Garros. The Wimbledon begins on the 1st of July, and the Paris Games kick off three weeks after.

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