Iga Swiatek was the absolute ruler of the Roland Garros 2020, which allowed her to become the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam (also without giving up a single set). The 19-year-old from Poland earned a whopping 1760 points and made a leap of 37 places, hoisting herself to number 17 ahead of the season finale.
In the last 14 Slam tournaments, there are nine champions who had never won a major before. The male speech is quite different. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won 14 of the last 15 Grand Slam titles, with the only exception being Dominic Thiem at the last US Open (where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were absent).
In a recent interview, Swiatek admitted that women's tennis cannot boast players of the same caliber as the Big Three.
Swiatek: "The big challenge for me will be to become constant"
"Despite having won Roland Garros, I am aware that my tennis is not yet fully developed.
I think the biggest change for me is going to be constant, which is a problem that women's tennis in general has to deal with. That's why there are so many Grand Slam winners in a short time. The truth is that we don't have the consistency of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
My big goal will be to become consistent. I am perfectly aware that it will not be easy," declared the teenager from Warsaw. Number 17 WTA revealed that she absolutely did not expect to win Roland Garros, as well as trusting that she was a fan of Rafael Nadal.
The Spanish champion won his 13th Roland Garros equaling Roger Federer's record of 20 Slam. "I think I've watched every single one of Rafa's triumphs at Roland Garros. Imagine how incredible it was for me to find myself in the same position as you," said Iga, who never conceded more than five games in the same match during her magical ride.
About the Roland Garros she said: "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 ”- she 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.