World No. 1 Iga Swiatek is hoping to win her second Grand Slam title at the French Open and in the meantime she broadening her horizons by reading books. Swiatek, who has been through to the French Open last-16, revealed she just finished reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by author Yuval Noah Harari.
The book reflects on the purpose of life and Swiatek admitted reading the book "provoked some ideas" she never thought about before. "I finished a few days ago 21 Lessons for the 21st Century [by Yuval Noah Harari].
And then I read [Agatha Christie's] Murder on the Orient Express in like two days. And now [Alexandre Dumas'] The Three Musketeers," Swiatek said, per the WTA website. "[21 Lessons...] was a hard one to digest because it's about basically the purpose of life.
I took a lot in terms of broadening my horizons, because the author is pretty thoughtful about some things, and he provokes some ideas I didn't even think about. But also kind of typical to what science fiction movies show us."
Swiatek: Educating yourself is always good
"It was pretty nice to educate myself a little bit more. But on the other hand, it was kind of about the future, so you never know what's gonna happen, and these were his ideas so I don't know how to really trust in that.
But I'm going to read also other book of his, so I'm going to see what I take from those ones as well," Swiatek added. Meanwhile, Swiatek saw off Danka Kovinic 6-3 7-5 to progress into the French Open round-of-16.
The win over Kovinic was Swiatek's 31st consecutive and she remains the absolute favorite for the French Open title. Swiatek will be fighting against Zheng Qinven for a place in the French Open quarterfinal. Swiatek and Qinven have no previous meetings.