‘The Mozart of tennis’ – plaudits pour in for French Open champion Iga Swiatek – Night Specific

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‘The Mozart of tennis’ – plaudits pour in for French Open champion Iga Swiatek - Evening Express


“The Polish queen of Paris” and “the Mozart of tennis” have been two descriptions of Iga Swiatek as her house nation toasted its latest sporting star.

The 19-year-old’s romp to the French Open title was accomplished with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin within the remaining on Saturday.

Swiatek misplaced simply 28 video games in seven matches, a remarkably low tally for any grand slam champion, not to mention a participant ranked 54 competing in simply her seventh main event.

{The teenager}, who was nonetheless mulling over delaying her tennis profession to go to school previous to her sensible fortnight in Paris, is the primary Polish participant to win a grand slam singles title.

She turned her cellphone off in the course of the event however was effectively conscious of how a lot pleasure her performances had generated again house.

“Polish queen of Paris. Nice Swiatek triumph at Roland Garros,” declared newspaper Przeglad Sportowy, whereas the nation’s president Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter: “Nice thanks and congratulations for @iga_swiatek! A historic day for Poland, for Polish sport and for Polish tennis. Bravo!”

The “Mozart of tennis”, in the meantime, was the outline of certainly one of Poland’s best tennis gamers, Wojciech Fibak. He instructed Gazeta Wyborcza: “She can be an icon of Polish sport like (footballer) Robert Lewandowski.”

The joy about Swiatek inside tennis can be clear, with pundits and former greats already hailing her as a future winner of a number of slams.

“She goes to win so many extra – you possibly can see that in her manner all through the entire remaining,” stated former world primary Mats Wilander.

“I feel she will play such a very good match as a result of she will come to the web, she is snug on the web, she will hit the odd drop shot right here and there so she is aware of she has plan B and plan C.

“Due to that, plan A – which is take the ball early and play as aggressively as potential – you might be extra relaxed making an attempt to pursue that.

“We all know she is a superb clay-court participant with the type of sport she has. The subsequent query is how on the quicker courts and the grass courts does her topspin work? And what can the opposite girls do to her, can they take time away from Swiatek? It doesn’t appear like it in the meanwhile.

Iga Swiatek forehand was an unstoppable weapon
Iga Swiatek forehand was an unstoppable weapon (Michel Euler/AP)

“As soon as she will get management of the rally along with her forehand, you simply can’t get out of the grip. It seems like I’m watching Rafa Nadal.”

Swiatek idolises Nadal and is the primary teenager to raise a singles trophy at Roland Garros for the reason that nice Spaniard.

There was a lot consideration, too, on the presence in Swiatek’s group of sports activities psychologist Daria Abramowicz and her concentrate on the psychological aspect of the sport at such a younger age.

Talking to the No Challenges Remaining podcast, Abramowicz stated: “She’s very, very acutely aware of how she desires to develop. She actually thinks about psychological well being, and psychological improvement for the efficiency may be very, crucial for her.

“She was very open-minded from the start, even when she was simply earlier than her 18th birthday. I feel she’s essentially the most conscious athlete I’ve ever been working with, even when she’s simply 19.

“So huge credit for her dad and mom, household and herself, as a result of she’s so keen to dig into this, perceive it higher and never solely work on herself and for herself however to grasp how this thoughts factor works typically.”

It was a disappointing consequence for Kenin however the 21-year-old American was hampered by a thigh harm and may mirror with pleasure on her season on the grand slams.

She was the teenager breaking by way of in sensible style in Australia and she or he has executed what many different gamers have struggled with by shortly backing it up.

Kenin stated: “I suppose I’ve essentially the most profitable matches in slams (this 12 months). Clearly I’m taking part in some actually good tennis on the slams. In Australia I gained. US Open I obtained to the fourth spherical. Had a tricky one towards Elise Mertens. Right here attending to the finals. Total it’s a very good ratio.”



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