“She’s going to feel the pressure,” Barbara Schett draws a parallel between Iga Swiatek’s Paris Olympics quest to Andy Murray’s gold in London

Schett also lauds the Pole's superb record on the clay courts.


“She’s going to feel the pressure,” Barbara Schett draws a parallel between Iga Swiatek’s Paris Olympics quest to Andy Murray’s gold in London

Barbara Schett and Iga Swiatek (Image via: Eurosport/X)

Iga Swiatek has been one of the most prominent players in the last couple of years. The 22-year-old has already her hands over four Grand Slam titles. Three of them came in the French Open, and this track record suggests the performances she has delivered on the clay courts.

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Even in the 2023 season, the Pole reigned high in the Roland Garros. Swiatek defeated Karolína Muchová in the finals to clinch her fourth major Grand Slam.

With the Paris Olympics around the corner next year, former Austrian player Barbara Schett has remarked that the Pole will have a good outing in the grand stage. The Austrian said,

We know that she (Swiatek) feels comfortable at Roland Garros. She feels most comfortable, most comfortable on clay, I think, with her spin on the forehand, and with the backhand, and she can flatten it out. Yes, she's going to feel the pressure, but she's going to feel the pressure everywhere. It's a matter of how you deal with it. I think she will be very excited to play in the Olympics in Paris as well, where she's had so much success.
Barbara Schett via Eurosport

Swiatek is still very young and there is absolutely no doubt about her capabilities and skillset. However, the pressure of the Olympics will always be there upon her. But her hunger for comebacks can be seen by how she came back in the latter half of the season this year.

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Iga Swiatek to go big in the Paris Olympics, says Barbara Schett

Schett, in her interview with Eurosport, has drawn similarities between Swiatek and Andy Murray in the 2012 London Olympics. The Austrian believes that Swiatek can go for the double in Paris next year, winning both the French Open as well as the Paris Olympics, going one step ahead of Murray.

In 2012, Murray won his first Olympic gold, defeating Roger Federer in the finals. However, the same opponent had defeated Murray in the finals of the Wimbledon a month ago.

Former Austrian player, Barbara Schett lauds Iga Swiatek for her comfortability in clay courts, draws parallel between the Pole and Murray.
Iga Swiatek and Andy Murray (image via: Wikipedia)

Swiatek said in the interview,

It reminds me a little bit of Andy Murray when the Olympics were in London, in Wimbledon, and he's done well. I think she's going to embrace that and imagine if she could win the French Open and the Olympics at Roland Garros? That would be incredible. And I think that's something that is on her radar. I think that's something she would like to achieve as well. I'm not too worried about her, to be honest at the French Open. The biggest challenge or the bigger challenges are going to be the other Grand Slams for her.

With the new season set to commence in January, all eyes will be on the young tennis star from Poland. Her main focus will be on the French Open and the Paris Olympics. However, she would also like to rectify her records at the Australian Open.

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