French Open 2020 – ‘After beating Simona Halep, I knew I may beat anybody,’ says Iga Swiatek

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French Open 2020 - 'After beating Simona Halep, I knew I could beat anyone,' says Iga Swiatek


Iga Swiatek has opened up on her historic French Open singles victory wherein she turned Poland’s first ever Grand Slam singles champion and the youngest girl to win at Roland Garros since Monica Seles.

The 19-year-old beat prime seed Simona Halep on her method to the ultimate, the place she defeated quantity 4 Seed Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1. Remarkably, she did not drop a set through the match.

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“Mainly this was the primary match that I felt I am comfy on court docket,” Swiatek advised WTA Insider.

“My first match I wasn’t actually assured due to the issues I needed to work by way of however it bought higher every single day right here.”

After the Spherical of 16 win over Simona I felt like I am in the appropriate place mentally and proper now. I can win with anybody.

“It is simple to say to focus in your legs or the motion or the ways, however I feel the simple options are the most effective options. I’ve executed what my staff advised me to do. I trusted them for the entire match.”

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“I am conscious that I’ve nice instincts however truly on this match I feel the ways helped me loads. Typically I simply do not assume and I simply play my recreation as a result of often I do know the place to play and I’ve my very own concept of the way it ought to work.

However to be trustworthy, in earlier tournaments though Coach Piotr advised me ways I are inclined to do precisely the alternative. On this match I trusted him and I did 100% in each match what he advised me.

“I feel to get the success you have to should have a mixture of instincts and a mixture of good recreation and ways to attain one thing. I do know I’ve instincts and I do know that I ought to work on utilizing ways somewhat bit extra. I feel on this match I did all the things fairly properly.

“Despite the fact that I knew I’ve potential and I knew that I can win large tournaments, as a result of I gained junior Wimbledon in 2018, I nonetheless had my doubts. I feel I knew at the back of my head that I can do fairly good issues on court docket, but in addition it is onerous for me to be assured on a regular basis.

“So proper now I’ll concentrate on that consistency. I wish to consider in myself for the entire time and for each match. So we’ll work on that as a result of I do know that it is bizarre which you could win a Grand Slam and lose within the first spherical in Rome or Western and Southern. So I actually wish to be constant.

“I feel for my entire profession, the junior Wimbledon taught me loads, the entire expertise. I feel again then throughout this week I truly felt nearly the identical as right here. I simply felt like I may do something. I simply wish to have that feeling on each match and be extra constant.”

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