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Swiatek eyes place among greats with fourth French Open crown

Published : Thursday, 23 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 280

Swiatek eyes place among greats with fourth French Open crown

Swiatek eyes place among greats with fourth French Open crown

PARIS, MAY 22: Iga Swiatek admits she is the favourite and "confident" ahead of her bid to become only the fourth woman to win four Roland Garros singles titles in the Open era.

The world number one could also become the first player to lift three successive womens titles in Paris since Justine Henin in 2007.

Swiatek is a strong favourite after dominating on clay again this season, arriving in Paris off the back of WTA 1000 victories in Madrid and Rome.

The only female player in history to complete a Madrid-Rome-Roland Garros treble in the same season is Serena Williams.
But Swiatek is not daunted by what she could achieve.

"Im number one so Im the favourite everywhere if you look at rankings," she told reporters after swatting aside second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka in the Rome Open final last weekend.

"But rankings don play, so... Ill do everything step by step and well see.

"Obviously I am confident. I feel like Im playing great tennis. But it doesn change the fact that I really want to stay humble and really focused."

The 22-year-old Pole has plenty of years ahead of her to chase records but is wasting little time -- her four WTA 1000 titles this season have taken her career total to 10.

That is already only 13 short of Serena Williams all-time record.

With four Grand Slam titles, Swiatek has not struggled to translate that form to the major tournaments in the past, but insists it is tougher to lift the sports biggest trophies.

"Grand Slams are different. There is different pressure on the court and off the court," she added.

"I love to come to Paris again and be there. Its a great place for me to be. I really enjoy my time there anyway. These are hard seven matches that you need to win, so I don take anything for granted."

Swiatek is aiming to join Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Henin in lifting the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen four times in the Open era.

The biggest obstacle standing in her way is Sabalenka. The Belarusian missed three match points before losing to Swiatek in a thrilling Madrid final and will be hoping to get another crack at her rival after a one-sided loss in Rome.

Sabalenka, the two-time reigning Australian Open champion, has reached at least the semi-finals in each of the past six Grand Slam events.    —AFP







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