Iga Swiatek, the new French Open champion, stated that tennis can be difficult at times, but complimented her career for providing her with all she needs.
After defeating American teenager Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the final on Saturday, the World No. 1 claimed her second French Open title.
‘The one thing I’ve learnt over the last two years is that your work is all you have control over. The Pole remarked on Instagram, “Your work, your involvement.”
‘So, with my team, we just try every day, one step at a time.’ And now we’re here, in this incredible moment, with this incredible accomplishment. It’s time to think about it for a while, to enjoy it, to press the “pause” button, to take a break, to appreciate everything.’
‘I’d like to express my gratitude to tennis. You can be difficult at times, but I value everything you give me.’
Swiatek has now won nine consecutive finals in a row, all in straight sets. The Pole, who has been unbeatable since February, is the first woman to win six titles in a succession since Justine Henin in 2007-08.
She’s also tied Venus Williams for the longest unbeaten streak in women’s tennis this century, with 35 matches won in a row. Swiatek is also the first woman to win multiple majors since Maria Sharapova in 2006.
Swiatek is ‘overwhelmed’ by Lewandowski’s support at the French Open
Iga Swiatek, the French Open women’s champion, said she was “overwhelmed” when she learned that Poland and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will be in attendance to see her win her second Grand Slam championship on Parisian clay.
Swiatek greeted her compatriot Coco Gauff with a handshake and a quick hug after her 6-1 6-3 victory in Saturday’s final. Swiatek then went up to the stands to celebrate with her teammates.
Swiatek told reporters, “I didn’t know (Lewandowski was in the stands) and I’m delighted about it because I would have been so stressed.”
“Well, to be honest, I’m glad he’s here. I’m not sure if he’s a big tennis fan or not. But, wow, I mean, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, huh
“He’s been a great athlete in our country for so long that it’s difficult to think he came to watch me.” I’m hoping he enjoyed it. I’m hoping he’ll come back. Yeah, I’m not sure. “I’m just completely overwhelmed.”
Swiatek, who had only dropped one set throughout the competition, had previously cried when hearing the Polish national song after her victory.