Barbara Schett explains why Iga Swiatek can't be underestimated despite poor form

Swiatek enters the US Open with a 2-2 record on hard this summer.

by Dzevad Mesic
Barbara Schett explains why Iga Swiatek can't be underestimated despite poor form

Eurosport tennis expert Barbara Schett warns that Iga Swiatek can't be underestimated going into the US Open despite the fact that the Pole hasn't been playing especially well this summer. Swiatek, who won 37 consecutive matches earlier this year, is just 2/2 on hard this summer.

After suffering a shock loss to Beatriz Haddad Maia in the Toronto last-16, Swiatek also surprisingly lost to Madison Keys in the Cincinnati last-16. But Schett underlined that Swiatek is still the one who has shown the most consistency this season.

“You have to say she has still had a phenomenal year even though she lost a couple of times in the third round now,” Schett told Eurosport. “She had that loss against Alize Cornet at Wimbledon. But in tennis, you win, you lose.

Nobody can win every week, it's impossible. At the end of the day, she had shown so much consistency throughout this whole year. She's still has all this experience at Grand Slam events. You can't write her off, you still have to put her in that small circle of players who could win your title, that's for sure”.

Schett warns Swiatek can't be underestimated

Besides Swiatek, Schett idenfitied several other players who could potentially make some noise at Flushing Meadows - Simona Halep, Elena Rybakina, Cori Gauff and Madison Keys.

“Simona Halep, she knows how to win Grand Slam titles," Schett added. "She's done it before. And we'll see how she goes with that injury, she had to pull out of Cincinnati. But I think the women’s side is exciting.

I always keep on saying it. I don't want to know who wins the title before [the tournament]. I don't want to be certain about it. I want surprises and we've seen it in the past and I find that very refreshing. Remember in Wimbledon, it was [Elena] Rybakina.

Let's not forget Coco Gauff and Madison Keys, the two of them. They love playing in the States. So, I think it's going to be it's a good mixture. And it's once again going to be extremely exciting”. Swiatek captured her second Grand Slam title at this year's French Open. It remains to be seen if Swiatek can win her third Major at this year's US Open.

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