Tennis icon tells Iga Swiatek how she can improve game and finally win on grass

Swiatek now has five Slam titles in her collection but four of those titles came at the French Open on clay.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tennis icon tells Iga Swiatek how she can improve game and finally win on grass
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Martina Navratilova says Iga Swiatek definitely still has room for improvement as the former 18-time Grand Slam champion suggests the Pole improving her volleying game may be the key to the 23-year-old also achieving success on grass. 

This past weekend, 23-year-old Swiatek won her fifth Grand Slam title after demolishing Jasmine Paolini 6-2 6-1 in the French Open final. By beating Paolini, Swiatek also impressively completed a French Open three-peat and now has four titles at Roland Garros.

While Swiatek's clay dominance is well-documented and some are already calling her the WTA version of Rafael Nadal, the Pole remains on only one Grand Slam title outside the French Open - she won the 2022 US Open. With that being said, some think it's time for the 23-year-old to step up in Slams outside the French Open and prove that she can also consistently win there.

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Navratilova - one of the greatest champions in tennis history - highlights Swiatek already has the game to win outside clay but believes that the current world No. 1 would "win even more" by adding something new to her game and becoming a bigger threat.

Navratilova: Swiatek would win even more by expanding her range

“She will never be as dominant as on clay, but we are talking about a champion and she has real room for improvement. How many volleys did she play [in the final]? Only one, and she missed it,” Navratilova told L’Equipe.

“The truth is she doesn’t really need to go up, she’s so aggressive from the baseline. On other surfaces, however, like grass, it is more difficult. To become more complete, she must progress at the net. She has already improved her service.

“She can win elsewhere by playing like this, she won the US Open [in 2022], but she would win even more by expanding her range.

“Like Novak Djokovic: at first he played basically the same way as Iga, but he developed his forward game, his ability to finish at the net. That means we can do it, if we take the time. I know she is already working on this… Now we have to be able to implement it in competition.”

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Swiatek now has 22 titles in her collection but she has yet to win a grass tournament. It will be interesting to see if Swiatek can finally land her first grass title during this year's grass season, which she is expected to open in Berlin next week.

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