Iga Swiatek has embraced the strain that comes with being World No. 1 and can go into the French Open because the overwhelming favorite to clinch a second main title, tennis nice Martina Navratilova stated.
After changing Ash Barty on the prime of the world rankings following the Australian’s shock retirement in March, Swiatek has seemingly revelled in her standing as the highest ladies’s participant. The 20-year-old Pole received her maiden Grand Slam title on Roland Garros’s purple clay in 2020 and has arrived in Paris having received 5 consecutive titles, together with 4 WTA 1000 occasions, and 28 straight matches.
“You possibly can’t be any hotter than she is correct now,” 18-time Grand Slam winner Navratilova instructed the WTA. “She’s taking part in nice and she or he’s wholesome – that’s a incredible mixture. She’s contemporary and battle-tough on the identical time.
“She seems fairly unbeatable on any floor, notably the clay now. So we’ve an amazing favorite going into the French, when it was large open final 12 months.
“Clearly, the strain shouldn’t be bothering her. She’s simply embracing that. It’’s nice to see – if you end up the favorite, and you retain on profitable.”
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Australian Sam Stosur, who received the US Open in 2011 and reached the ultimate at Roland Garros the earlier 12 months, stated Swiatek’s confidence was sky-high and she or he was at present the strongest on this planet mentally. “When you’re profitable back-to-back titles, you’re feeling unbelievable, that confidence grows,” Stosur instructed the Australian Open web site.
“It does not matter what is going on on, you are going to step out onto that courtroom and assume that you’ll win each single match. And I believe that (feeling) is simply constructing and constructing and constructing.
“Any small weak spot, or any small little bit of doubt, is getting erased each time she steps on courtroom with one other win. I believe it is fairly exhausting to go previous somebody who’s been so dominant for the final couple of months on tour … and profitable quite a lot of these matches comparatively comfortably.”