With a 6-0, 6-2 victory against American Alison Riske in the second round of the French Open on Thursday, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 30 matches. In 61 minutes, Swiatek blasted 23 winners and only 15 unforced errors, losing only 10 points in seven service games. With the triumph, she advanced to 3-0 against Alison Riske, with all three victories coming on clay; they met in Madrid and Rome last year.
Throughout her winning streak, the Pole has been quoted as claiming that she has been taking each match one point at a time. At the start of the second set, that mindset was on full display against Riske.
“I feel like my confidence is better”- Iga Swiatek
Swiatek’s confidence is certainly sky-high right now, and the Pole discussed how that came about in her press conference. “I think it’s like a constant presence that I have since I started playing on the WTA, for sure,” Swiatek said. “Just winning all these matches gave me a lot of confidence but I also knew that it could really press me down if I like don’t adjust to it well. I feel like I’m using my new position to put more pressure on my opponents. Yeah, I’m pretty happy that I could convert it to a way that is really helpful. I feel like my confidence is better.”
Swiatek’s self-confidence is evident, as the former Roland Garros champion is on a 30-match winning streak and has won five WTA titles in a row. It’s something the Pole has been planning since the conclusion of last season, proving that hard work and perseverance pay off. In her press conference Swiatek elaborated on the reasoning for why this run is coming together now, “I think basically I changed some things like I started being more aggressive and trying to be more proactive on court. That’s something that my coach really helped me to do,” Iga Swiatek said.
“I think all the work we have been doing, even last season, it finally clicked somehow. You know, last season it was a year for me where I really gained so much experience. This year I feel like I’m using it the right way. I have this experience already, and I can just move forward. I think it’s, you know, the physical work I have been doing but also with my psychologist, I think it’s the work of the whole team as well. I’m pretty glad that it clicks right now, ” she added shortly.