Iga Swiatek will remember the 2020 edition of the Roland Garros for the rest of her life, regardless of the outcome of the final against Sofia Kenin. The Pole has literally beaten the competition in these two weeks, conceding the misery of 23 games to her opponents and becoming the first player in her country to reach the last act in Paris in the last 81 years.
She demolished the qualifier Nadia Podoroska with the result of 6-2 6-1 in just 70 minutes of undisputed domination over Philippe Chatrier . The 19-year-old from Warsaw did not feel the pressure and importance of the stakes in the slightest, immediately shattering the hopes of a rival who had already won her tournament.
Swiatek has literally blossomed in these two weeks in the French capital, she who had never gone beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam. The mission of the teenager from Warsaw is to embellish her splendid ride with the title, but in the final she will have to manage considerable pressure and will face a rival more used to these stages than her.
Swiatek: "This is pure madness"
“It all seems so unreal. On the one hand, I am aware that I can play at a high level, but on the other hand I never thought I would be able to fight for a Grand Slam. This is pure madness.
The key to my success was believing in myself. I knew I had a chance to win. It is not easy to believe that this is happening to me. After the tournament, I will stop for a moment to reflect on everything that has happened to me.
Now I don't want to stop and think, I just want to focus on tomorrow's doubles match. I know that winning the title will be difficult and that I still have a long way to go. In front of me I will have an opponent who has already played matches of this type "- said Swiatek at the press conference.
It is not easy to cope with similar pressure at 19. “I'm working with a psychologist to get my nerves under control. Before each match, I am very focused on myself and I do not think about the rival who is on the other side of the network.
In the final the sensations will be totally different compared to the previous matches. I know I'll have to give it my all if I want to have a chance to win. It seems he is winning easily so far, but in the final it will not go so smoothly ”- explained Iga.
The number 54 WTA has already shown that she is excited with a high stakes: "I am a player who tends to play better under pressure. If I feel superior and not focused, I start making a lot of mistakes. It would be detrimental in a Grand Slam game.
So far I have remained focused from the first to the last minute and I hope to repeat myself on Saturday. As I have already said, I expect a complicated final. I don't care if I win or lose, the important thing is to be able to play to the best of my ability. Reaching the final is still an excellent result, so I don't have too much pressure."