Iga Swiatek and the pressure of always having to win

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Even in the semifinals, the Polish tennis player Iga Swiateknumber one in the world, continues her path at the Roland Garros without problems. With the clear victory over the Russian Kasatkina, annihilated with a clear 6-2 6-1, the young tennis player reached her 34th consecutive victory and she reached the record of Serena Williams.

Now only one match is missing from Venus Williams’ all-time record and the Pole could win it in the final against American Coco Gauff. It could be in case of victory, the second Grand Slam, after Paris 2020, for Iga. The tennis player in the press conference shared her feelings: “I am very happy with my performance, I feel that my game is increasingly solid.

I play with more freedom of action when I have the advantage and I feel that I improve match after match. Being able to be in the final at the Roland Garros is fantastic, I didn’t know how my body could react after so many tournaments.

I didn’t think this series would last for so long, I’m surprised too and I came to this tournament without any particular hopes. I’m really proud of myself.”

Iga Swiatek and the pressure of always having to win

The number one in the world then continued: “In the Grand Slam tournaments all the favorites often give up immediately, there is a different atmosphere and I have tried to lower expectations.

Last year I worked a lot mentally and I had great experiences, now I’m using that experience to improve. The final? It’s hard to say but I try to see the final as a match like any other. Finals are usually stressful so I have to do my usual job.

I often notice that my opponents are also stressed and therefore I try not to panic. Before the match, the mentality is fundamental for the preparation of the match.” Then regarding the management of expectations Iga concludes: “It’s difficult to do as a thing but at the beginning it worked, when I overcame more difficult situations I realized that I could do it and I could accept that these are things that have to face each other.

When I feel stressed I try to use my technical qualities in the match and my skills in general, just like I did in the Round of 16 of this tournament.”

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