Nineteen-year-old Iga Swiatek had only participated in one edition of the Roland Garros before this year, losing in the fourth round to Simona Halep. A few weeks ago, Iga returned to Paris to win her first Grand Slam trophy, even taking revenge on Halep on her way to the final.
Having thus entered the top twenty players of the WTA ranking, Swiatek has become a real star in Poland.
Iga Swiatek talks about her new celebrity in Poland
As also reported by Essentially Sports, the 19-year-old revealed the unprecedented attention paid to her by the Polish media: “In my country, now it's incredible.
I've had a lot of media coverage, been on TV shows, and on Wednesday I was on the air from nine in the morning to nine in the evening! Now I can finally put my thoughts together and realize that I have indeed won a Grand Slam title.
I'm becoming more and more popular, so I have to get used to it. I need a couple of weeks to learn how a star behaves, for me it's a new experience. It is a truly unique moment " Swiatek literally dominated the tournament, without even conceding a single set: “I didn't expect this result,” he confessed.
“Even though I was playing my tennis mile I thought that at most I would reach the final, but that too was a shock to me. I am very happy that my tennis has exploded at Roland Garros." Iga has been collaborating for a couple of seasons with psychologist Daria Abramowicz: "Many think that a psychologist is useful only for those with specific problems, but I don't think so.
My journey started by opening myself up on the way of seeing the world, on the relationship. with my parents, with the surrounding reality. I worked on myself, accompanied by a great professional. We tennis players are obliged to be alone a lot, it is important to spend time with people we trust.
" On tennis and school she said: "A few months ago I graduated with an excellent grade. I want to be perfect in everything I do and this approach has sometimes been a problem, which I worked on with Daria. The graduation grade it would allow me to enroll in any Polish university, or get a scholarship in the US For now I want to focus on tennis and it's not easy to combine professional sport and study, but if I don't win another Grand Slam and get into the top 5 a short you can be sure that I will enroll in college!
" Swiatek, number 17 in the world rankings, is currently the best placed Polish tennis player in the women's ranking: after her, in the top 100, only Magda Linette (40th). The Warsaw player had never won a major circuit tournament before Paris, but she had nevertheless reached the final in Lugano in 2019, beaten in three sets by Polona Hercog. His best result in a Grand Slam event was the round of 16 played in France and Australia.