Iga Swiatek won his first major at the pandemic-affected and postponed French Open in October 2020, and he added a second on Saturday at Roland Garros.
When she deviated from the normal post-final script when families, coaches, and sponsors are acknowledged to cast a glance eastwards to the suffering in Ukraine, she immediately felt her duties.
Iga Swiatek, who has worn a ribbon in the colours of the Ukraine flag on her cap during the tournament, said, “I wanted to express something to Ukraine, to stay strong because the battle is still there.”
Iga Swiatek has been similarly straightforward on the court during the last two weeks and throughout the year.
When Ashleigh Barty announced her surprise retirement in March, she claimed the world number one position as she celebrated winning the Indian Wells-Miami double.
She stated of her meteoric journey to the top, “I didn’t believe it was going to turn out this way.”
“I’m not sure I deserve it. Maybe a little more now, because the title in Florida was extremely difficult to win.”
Iga Swiatek reached the second round of the Australian Open, her first Grand Slam of the year. She only lasted 45 minutes in the round of 16 against Simona Halep on her French Open debut a few months later.
In 2020, it all started to fall into place: a fourth-round appearance in Melbourne, a third-round appearance at the US Open, and then her maiden French Open championship, which was also her first professional title of any kind.
This catapulted her into the world’s top 20. She also completed high school.
“Tennis had not be a main part of her life before. It was a challenge. Imagine having to rehearse at 7:00 a.m. because to go to school later. She was also fatigued because she had to study late at night “Piotr Sierzputowski. Her coach at the time, admitted as much.
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Iga Swiatek stays intellectual, reading Yuval Noah Harari’s “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” a New York Times bestseller, while in Paris this year.
Since then, she’s been reading Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers.”
Swiatek has been working with a psychologist who is assisting her in her match preparation.
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“She improved my intelligence. My self-assurance has increased as a result of her “In the year 2020, the Pole stated.
“Mental fortitude is really crucial. Everyone can play well at the highest level, but those with the most mental strength are the best.”
Sierzputowski referred to Swiatek as a “beast of the competition.”
Iga Swiatek, a Warsaw native, took up tennis to compete against her older sister.
Her father, Tomasz Swiatek, a former rower who competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, instilled in her a competitive mentality.
This early competitive spirit helped her win her first professional tournament, on the secondary ITF circuit, in Stockholm in 2016.
She won the junior trophy at Wimbledon in singles and the French Open in doubles two years later, after missing many months due to an ankle ailment.