Tim Henman explains what makes Iga Swiatek extremely difficult opponent



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Tim Henman explains what makes Iga Swiatek extremely difficult opponent

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman has backed Iga Swiatek to make a strong French Open run as he noted that the Pole has been absolutely impressive over the last three months. Swiatek is the new face of the women's game as she has won her last 28 matches and is now the top favorite to win the French Open.

"I was in Miami and I was in Rome last week, and I have watched nearly all her matches," Henman told Eurosport. “I love the way she’s playing. We always talk about the three aspects in tennis, technical, physical and mental.

And in each area she is she is really maximizing her play. Her strategy is very simple. She’s got huge power off both wings off the forehand and the backhand side."

Henman: Difficult to put Swiatek under pressure

Swiatek hasn't lost since mid-February and she faces lots of pressure and expectations going into the French Open.

However, the pressure doesn't seem to be getting to her at all. Last week in Rome, Swiatek won the title without a dropped set. Swiatek also faced a great level of pressure and expectation in Rome but still easily won the tournament.

“She’s moving well, so it’s difficult to put her under pressure, but if you drop the ball short, she is very good at going down the line on both wings. She’s playing on her terms. She’s the one that is dictating, she is in control of the outcome of the matches," Henman added.

“And then you add her physicality on the court which has improved. I think she’s faster. When she has to she’s defending better. Mentally, she’s very focused and her concentration is not wavering during the matches and she’s out there with a clear plan.

“I don’t know her team, but it seems that they have a very good bond, a very good setup. And when you win five tournaments in a row, 28 matches, you know that it’s working very well”. Swiatek faces Lesia Tsurenko in the French Open first round.