Iga Swiatek won the Roland Garros 2020, becoming Slam champion for the first time without losing a single set. At just 19 years-old, the Pole became the first player in her country to win a Major and on Monday she will make her entry into the Top 20 of the WTA rankings.
The teenager from Warsaw has succeeded in the crazy feat of winning the Parisian Grand Slam by eliminating world number 1 Simona Halep and never giving her opponents more than five games in the same match.
Swiatek: "The importance of psychology in sport is underestimated"
“I'm really proud of myself, I've done an amazing job these past two weeks.
I didn't expect to win this tournament, it's something incredible for me, it's one of those experiences that change your life forever. The comparisons with Aga Radwanska will probably rain now, but I have to remain constant for many years to hope to be considered the best player in the history of Poland.
I have a lot of work to do ”- Swiatek commented in front of journalists. “Everyone is very nervous when they play a Grand Slam final. I know that Sofia was a little bit too, she's not a car. It was clear that we were both, it was to be expected that neither of us would show their best tennis.
It is not easy to play with such pressure. The key was to keep my expectations low throughout the tournament ”- he specified. Iga's aggressive tennis has put all opponents on the ropes: “I realized that my forehand has become very dangerous, even if I am unable to say if it has improved so much compared to a year ago.
All my life I've been giving a lot of topspin, I love generating that kind of spin on the ball. I don't know if my tennis is so different from other years, I need to play against myself she laughs) ”. Nine of the last 14 women's Slams have been forfeited by players who have never won a major before.
“It almost seems like there are no limits. From the starting non-seeded position, you are able to win the most important trophies in the sport. You always think you can do it, but you know it takes a lot of work to make your dreams come true.
After playing at a high level for two weeks, I need to distract myself for a few days and analyze everything with a minimum of perspective ”- analyzed the Pole. The mental aspect is fundamental according to Swiatek: "It would be worth asking what is the role of psychology in sport and performance.
Otherwise it would not be explained that sometimes you win a tournament and other times you go out in the first round ”.