Roland-Garros - Ladies Final - Iga Swiatek: "Happier and more proud than in 2020"

Roland-Garros – Ladies Final – Iga Swiatek: “Happier and more proud than in 2020”

So it wasn’t a “one shot”. A divine surprise born from the euphoria of a fortnight when she had walked on water. Iga Swiatek had won Roland-Garros in 2020. She did it again in 2022. The form remained the same: she devastated everything in her path. A tornado. But apart from the happy ending, basically, everything separates these two coronations. If, as one does not choose between two of his children, she refuses to choose his favorite title, the latest one undoubtedly brings him even more satisfaction.

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Frankly, it’s so different from 2020estimated the Pole on Saturday. In 2020, the thing I felt the most was confusion because I had never 100% believed that I could win a Grand Slam, whereas this time it was based simply on work. I am more aware of what it takes to win a Grand Slam. It’s like a puzzle, you have to put all the pieces together, every aspect of the game has to be put together. I’m even happier and even more proud of myself.”

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Iga Swiatek with “his” trophy.

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Just the beginning of the adventure

As if the suddenness of its outbreak a little over a year and a half ago (Roland-Garros was held in October in 2020) did not belong to it completely. As if a great happiness and an immense honor had fallen on him simultaneously. There, she mastered everything. Before. During. And, she wants to believe, afterwards. “I feel better prepared and strongershe assures. Two years ago, it was a bit difficult to manage, but now I’m ready to celebrate it all a little more calmly.

In a way, more than a second title, it’s a second first title for Iga Swiatek, so much does she no longer look like the Iga in the fall of 2020. She had triumphed without having considered it. This time everything was different. For the first time, she went for a major title as world number one, with ultra-favorite status. That’s why his coach, Tomasz Wiktorowski, says he’s convinced this is another fresh start. “This is just the beginning of this adventure, we still have a lot to do“, he announces.

Looking at the scorecard of his seven games, one would think that Iga Swiatek had a quiet Roland-Garros. Apart from her round of 16 against China’s Zheng, the only one to take a set from her, she crushed the competition. But his biggest adversary was the context. His status. This series of 28 victories before the Parisian Grand Slam. Match after match, she repeated that everything was fine on this side. It’s the game, and she couldn’t say anything else. In reality, this was the most complex part of the equation.

The most difficult thing in a Grand Slam is not to clutter your mind too much when you’re not playing

Dealing with pressure is the hardest part of this job, she concedes today. Because we see at the Grand Slams, there are a lot of surprises that can happen and it’s not easy to manage this pressure. Yes, I felt it. I told myself that the hardest thing was not to think about it too much, to over-analyze things and to think about the numbers and the probability of winning or not.The most difficult thing in a Grand Slam is not to overload your mind when you’re not playing. For example, Friday was a difficult day. A fortnight like that, it’s complicated, everyone reminded me of these figures.But I worked a lot on this plan. I’ve progressed and that’s also something I’m proud of.”

She manages, Iga, she manages. You do not win nine consecutive finals on the circuit with impunity (she lost the very first in the spring of 2019 and has not experienced failure there since) without possessing a certain ability to control your emotions. She says treat these endgames”like any other game” A decoy, of course. She too is under additional stress before a match where a title is on the table. But tennis is played in pairs: “I tell myself that opposite there is also tension. The key is to be less stressed than the opponent.”

She deserves, and we all deserve a few days off“, smiled Tomasz Wiktorowski. Another way of saying that, decidedly, these two weeks have not been a long calm river. Rest, Iga Swiatek intends to take some. “I will spend at least a week at home, in Warsaw“, savors the queen of Roland. Afterwards, it will be time to think about the rest. The spirit freed from a certain weight.

Iga Swiatek at Roland-Garros in 2022

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