Can Iga Swiatek also dominate Wimbledon?

The Polish tennis player - also thanks to Aryna Sabalenka's physical problems - can really aspire to triumph in London

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Can Iga Swiatek also dominate Wimbledon?
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During the clay swing she showed a simply magnificent state of physical form, dominating all her opponents: can the story be repeated in this London Fortnight with Iga Swiatek also triumphant at Wimbledon?

The world number 1 and queen of clay, 4 times winner at Roland Garros and once champion of the US Open, arrives at the Slam in which she has always been the most difficult in her career. The quarter-final at the Championships got last year remains her best result on the London lawns. The Polish tennis player, after a triumphant season on clay in which she won Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros, chose to take a breather and did not play any preparatory tournament on grass. In the media day on the eve of Wimbledon, Swiatek underlined that she felt good and that she had also had time to train consistently and without rushing. And she talked about some changes she made to her game to do better on grass.

"I feel like it's a very complicated tournament. It's complicated on a mental level. The players who do not finish as favorites can win it, the opportunity is greater. The player who can best adapt to the surface will win. I'm glad I got there early because there's a big difference between the grass we have in Poland and this. Day after day I got into a rhythm, feeling the ball better. This year we took it a little differently.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Shaun Botterill / Staff Getty Images Sport

One of the goals is to win more points with the serve and press with it. I managed to do it on other surfaces, I hope here too. Here it is even more important. It went well for me in training, now I'll try it in the matches with that extra tension. I hope this progress bears fruit. In addition to the serve I also worked on movement and stopping before throwing the blow. Here I can't slip but training hard also gives the satisfaction of progressing in things that worked less before," she explained.

Looking at her opponents, this could really be the Polish girl's good time at Wimbledon. The main favorite to win in London - Aryna Sabalenka - is struggling with a shoulder injury which is putting her two-week stint in south London at risk. To evaluate the physical conditions of two other super-specialists on grass, such as Elena Rybakina and Ons Jabeur, not at their best. Is this the right time?

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