Polish World No.1 Iga Swiatek reveals her thoughts after winning the first Grand Slam title at the French Open 2020. In a covid hit year that completely changed the schedule, the showdown in the Parisian dirt became the last slam of the year for the first time then. Swiatek has now said that getting a break after winning the first slam has actually helped her get back to the rhythm.
As Swiatek quoted, “After my first Roland Garros, I would say I was in a little bit of shock. My main feelings were kind of I was happy, for sure but also, I didn’t know what’s gonna happen next and what I’m gonna face. There was a bit of, like, being uncertain about the future. It was also the end of the season, so I had time to kind of enjoy that, but then for sure, I struggled a little bit with expectations.”
Continuing the train of thought, the Polish explained about the mental aspects of being on top, “I felt like with that kind of tennis, I should show it in every tournament right now. But then I really worked hard on getting my expectations lower, pretty similar to what I’m trying to do right now. Throughout the 2021 season, I felt like I was in a more stable place than in 2020“.
The 3 time Grand Slam championIga Swiatek was the firm favorite to win the Australian Open 2023 after a remarkable season in 2022. But the eventual runner-up of the tournament Elena Rybakina had other plans in the fourth round as she dispatched Swiatek 6-4, 6-4.
The Polish superstar had one of the most remarkable tennis seasons ever in 2022. She clinched two of the four Grand Slam titles then. After the shocking retirement of 2022 Australian Open champion Ash Barty in march 2022, the WTA tour witnessed almost a “one-woman show” of the 21-year-old Iga Swiatek. Her 2022 dominance resembled the prime of Serena Williams. She finished the season with a whopping number of 8 singles titles out of 17 she played.
Swiatek will be looking to forget what happened down under and focus on the right things before playing in the Qatar Open starting this week. The 21-year-old has enough experience on the top to come back from tough situations.
Vipul Payattuparambil hails from Thiruvilwamala(Thrissur), Kerala(India). Besides being a Software Engineer by profession, he works at Firstsportz as a Tennis Writer. Sports are a part of his family culture, so he enjoys tennis, football, and cricket as much as his father. Rafael Nadal has been his role model since 2005, and he was fortunate enough to meet his idol once in Mallorca. Engaging in sports debates and reading sports journals are some of his favorite pastimes. As he sees it, sports should eventually unite people, like a handshake after a match between rivals.
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