Former seven-time Grand Slam champiom Mats Wilander says Iga Swiatek is definitely a French Open favorite but adds she is still beatable, mainly anything can happen in a best-of-three-sets format. Swiatek has been dominating the women's tennis for over the past three months as she has won her last 28 matches and will be looking to win her sixth consecutive title at the French Open.
“If it was five sets, I would say Iga Swiatek is always the big, big favourite because the level she would play at over five sets, she would always be the big favourite,” Wilander told Eurosport. “Because it’s three sets, there are a lot of women that can come out and play unbelievably for 45 minutes to an hour and in that time they could leave Swiatek 6-3 or up a break and suddenly we now need a little bit of luck to turn the match around.
“She’s the favourite for sure, but it’s much more difficult to consistently be the favourite over three sets. Iga still needs good starts in matches whereas Novak [Djokovic] does not need a good start in any match and after one, two hours, he will slowly become the favourite over a match that will last a minimum of three hours.
“With Iga it could last one hour and she might not have found her form that day”.
Swiatek aims her second French Open title
Swiatek, 20, won her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros two years ago. Back then, Swiatek saw off Sofia Kenin in straight sets in the French Open final to lift her first Major glory.
Now, Swiatek returns to the French Open as the absolute favorite to win it all again. Swiatek has been winning a lot over the last few months and her victories were mostly pretty dominant. This clay season, Swiatek has played nine matches and only lost one set. Many think anything except a Swiatek French Open victory would be a big surprise.