Almighty clay-star Iga Swiatek reveals incredible improvements achieved in 2024

The Pole revealed what has changed compared to last season, in the press conference after the title victory in Rome

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Almighty clay-star Iga Swiatek reveals incredible improvements achieved in 2024
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Who will stop Iga Swiatek's almighty walk on clay-courts? The WTA No.1 seems to have no rivals on clay-courts. the dominance displayed from April to today is devastating. Iga has reduced its rivals to impotence. The two victories obtained in Madrid and Rome, both against Aryna Sabalenka, leave no doubt: Swiatek is the heavy favorite for the final victory at the Roland Garros. The final of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, won against Sabalenka, was another domination. Iga left nothing - NOTHING! -of her to her rival. Not even crumbs.

Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek
Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek© Getty Images Sport - Dan Istitene

At the press conference after the victory, the Pole analyzed her performance, admitting that she had improved further compared to 2023.

"I'm really proud of how I've played in recent weeks. I took advantage of my chances, I put pressure on my opponents at all times and I managed to escape from difficult situations, without putting too much pressure on myself and playing those points to the best of my ability. I know that I will be the favorite at the Roland Garros, because I come from WTA No.1, I have great confidence and I am playing excellent tennis. I know that Slams are different and that's why I want to stay humble and focus.

I don't take anything for granted, I will have to work very hard if I want to win there. This year I'm much less focused on everything related to the ranking and the points I defend in each tournament. Last year I played a bit anxiously this period because I felt that they could take away the number 1 from me and I gave too much importance to this. I have improved on this compared to last year. These are never useful thoughts, it means wasting energy. It gave me confidence to finish 2023 well because it showed me that, even if you come from bad tournaments, things can always change," she told.

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek© Getty Images Sport - Mike Hewitt

Again at the press conference after the final in Rome, our colleagues from Tennis World Italia asked runner-up Aryna Sabalenka what sensations she feels on the eve of the upcoming Roland Garros.

"I'm super excited, I love Paris and I love Roland Garros. Last year I did well and I'm excited. Even though I lost these two finals, I never focus on the past. It doesn't matter how many times I lose to a player, I know however that I will be ready to fight thinking of myself. I go to Paris with the belief that I can do well. Maybe I'm not the favorite, but at the same time I believe I can win. I hope to reach the final and win against anyone, whether we are talking about Iga or another tennis player. Today wasn't the final I really expected. I didn't play to the best of my ability. In any case, thoughts remain positive after these two weeks. I'm proud to have managed to fight until the final.

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka© Getty Images Sport - Mike Hewitt

Even though it didn't go the way I wanted, I'm still happy with the result achieved in Rome. I didn't feel comfortable in the first set and I just tried to stay aggressive. If I had taken advantage of my opportunities in the second set, the match could have found another epilogue. I'll try to do better next time. When you have some problems and try to recover during the tournament, the injury stays in your mind. But I wouldn't say I lost today because of my back. I think I did quite well here in Rome considering that a lot has happened," explained Aryna.

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