Irresistible? Iga Swiatek ready to test at the French Open

Iga Swiatek

Poland’s Iga Sweettech retains the trophy after defeating Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the final of the women’s WTA Rome Open tennis tournament on May 15, 2022 at the Foro Italico in Rome. (Photo by Andreas Solaro / AFP)

Iga Sweettech is the undisputed favorite to win a second French Open title after winning the last five tournaments but says she will not be “heartbroken” if her 28-match unbeaten run at Roland Garros ends.

Since the shock retirement of world number one Ashleh Bertie, the 20-year-old Suetek has transformed herself into a player who lost in women’s tennis by putting aside all charges.

Polls have not been lost since the fall to another former Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai in February. Her winning streak is the longest on the WTA tour since Serena Williams won 34 matches in a row in 2013.

“I’m aware that this trend is something that could end soon, so I don’t want to be heartbroken if that happens,” said Suatech, winner of the 2020 French Open.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“I haven’t played a Grand Slam since the streak started. So I guess we’re going to see if what I’ve been doing before is enough. “

Sweettech became only the second player to win four WTA 1000 titles in a single season since defending his Rome crown last week.

He dominated the hard courts in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, and brought about an uninterrupted change on the ground – his victory in Rome came after another victory at Stuttgart, when he avoided Madrid.

“The world has changed, of course,” he said. “With my new rankings, I feel like people around me are treating me a little differently.

“But I feel like I’m the same player and the same person.

Williams, 41, who has not played at Wimbledon since retiring in the first round last year, and his longtime coach Patrick Muratoglu are now working with two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep, who won her first major in Paris. In 2018.

Unpredictable

In contrast to the men’s event where Rafael Nadal has won 13 of the last 17 editions, he has won the women’s Grand Slam title for the first time in each of the last six French Open.

Most recently, Barbora Krajikova emerged as an unlikely winner, the first player since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win both singles and doubles at Roland Garros.

However, the Czech world number two has been sidelined since the end of February with a hand injury and has yet to play on the ground this year. In 2021 runner-up Anastasia Pavliuchenkova has already called her season off due to a knee injury.

Third-seeded Paula Badosa reached the quarterfinals at the Roland Garros a year ago, while Maria Sakkari was one point away from being the first Greek woman to play in a Grand Slam final against Krezsekova.

Arena Sabalenka is showing signs of finding her best form after fighting to start the year, while 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andrescu has returned to the top 75 after battling her last injury.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, the first Arab or African player to win a WTA 1000 title with his win in Madrid, dreamed of replicating his 2011 junior win on Paris soil.

Jabeur, 27, has reached three clay finals this season – losing to Belinda Bensic in Charleston and to Svatek in Rome – and reached sixth place in the career-high rankings at the French Open.

All eyes will be on Naomi Osaka as the Japanese star returns to the scene of her dramatic 2021 withdrawal after a bitter fall from her media boycott.

Osaka later sat down at Wimbledon and later expressed his frustration and anxiety about his fight. Four-time Grand Slam champion Tokyo made her return to the Olympics, lighting the Olympic pan.

“I am not going to lie. As I first came here, I was very worried, “said the 24-year-old as he joined the official French Open Press Day on Friday.

“I was just worried that there were some people who I was dissatisfied with and that I would deal with them.

“Of course, I didn’t like the way I handled the situation.”

Osaka, the highest paid female athlete in the world, could not get out of the third round of Roland Garros in the previous five attempts.

He will begin his campaign against 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova who finished her Australian Open defense in January.

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