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

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Iga Swiatek forehand was an unstoppable weapon


“The Polish queen of Paris” and “the Mozart of tennis” had been two descriptions of Iga Swiatek as her dwelling 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 match.

{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 through the match however was effectively conscious of how a lot pleasure her performances had generated again dwelling.

“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 one in every of Poland’s best tennis gamers, Wojciech Fibak. He instructed Gazeta Wyborcza: “She will likely be an icon of Polish sport like (footballer) Robert Lewandowski.”

The joy about Swiatek inside tennis can also 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 may see that in her manner all through the entire remaining,” mentioned former world primary Mats Wilander.

“I believe she will play such match as a result of she will come to the web, she is comfy 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 attainable – you might be extra relaxed attempting to pursue that.

“We all know she is a good clay-court participant with the fashion of recreation 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 to be it in the intervening time.

Iga Swiatek forehand was an unstoppable weaponIga 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 together 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 because the nice Spaniard.

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

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

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

“So large 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 know how this thoughts factor works usually.”

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

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

Kenin mentioned: “I assume I’ve essentially the most successful matches in slams (this yr). Clearly I’m enjoying some actually good tennis on the slams. In Australia I gained. US Open I received to the fourth spherical. Had a tricky one in opposition to Elise Mertens. Right here attending to the finals. Total it’s ratio.”



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