Slam legend backs Iga Swiatek to beat Chris Evert's all-time French Open record

Evert won seven French Open titles and 22-year-old Swiatek has already had three wins at Roland Garros.

by Dzevad Mesic
Slam legend backs Iga Swiatek to beat Chris Evert's all-time French Open record
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Pam Shriver believes Iga Swiatek has a legitimate shot at beating Chris Evert's all-time record of seven French Open titles. Swiatek, who turned 22 during this year's French Open, lifted her title at Roland Garros after beating Karolina Muchova in this year's final in Paris.

Through five French Open appearances, Swiatek impressively has had three victories. Evert, a former 18-time Grand Slam champion, won seven French Open titles during her iconic tennis career. When Rafael Nadal won his eighth French Open title in 2013, he broke Evert's record.

But Evert's seven French Open titles remain the most in women's tennis history. Shriver, a former 22-time Grand Slam champion in doubles, thinks Swiatek could one day set a new record for the most French Open wins in women's tennis. "I do think Iga Swiatek can certainly chase down Chrissie’s [French Open] record, already with three.

It’s hard to believe it’s two years ago this week that Iga played that crazy Roland Garros in the middle of October because of the pandemic. That’s what started to up her tally. So yeah, anything is possible.

I think she can. I mean, obviously, you don’t know what’s around the corner as far as if Andreeva for example just becomes a great claycourt player but who else looks as comfortable on clay, whether it’s a little older than Iga, the same age or little bit younger… Nobody," Shriver said on Tennis Channel's Inside-In podcast.

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Swiatek backed by Shriver, Amelie Mauresmo to win more French Open titles

In 2020 - when the French Open was held in late September and early October due to the pandemic - a 19-year-old Swiatek became a Grand Slam champion after beating Sofia Kenin in the final.

Three years later, Swiatek is a three-time French Open champion and a four-time Grand Slam champion. After Swiatek's 2023 win at Roland Garros, French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo predicted more wins for the Pole on the clay courts of Paris. "She's getting this special relationship with Roland Garros over the years.

She's still young, won her first in 2020 and we can imagine that she will lift the trophy many more times here," Mauresmo said after Swiatek lifted her third title at Roland Garros this year.

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