August 20, 2022

Iga Swiatek admits she doesn’t know what she’ll be ‘chasing’ next after winning her second Grand Slam title in dominant fashion at Roland Garros.

World No. 1 Swiatek confirmed her pre-tournament status as heavy favorite by winning in Paris for a single set loss.

She crushed Coco Gauff for the loss of just four games in the final to secure her 35th straight win, tying Venus Williams for the longest winning streak this century.

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She will now head to the grass and seek a record 36th straight win, as well as a third major Wimbledon title.

“I think I always chased after that second Grand Slam because I always thought, ‘OK, the first one has happened, but the second one is confirmation that you actually know what you’re doing,'” Swiatek said. at WTA Insider.

“I’ve always had huge respect for Garbine. [Muguruza]simone [Halep], there are many players who have won two. All of these girls have been consistent for so many years and they were able to win twice or even more.

“I felt like winning a Grand Slam twice, you really confirm that you are capable of doing it. So I was looking for that a bit. Now I don’t know what I’m going to chase.

Swiatek has now won six titles in a row and is clearly the dominant force on the WTA Tour, with almost double the ranking points of new world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit (8,631 to 4,325).

The Pole says she feels like the “chapter is closed” on her winning streak as she now looks ahead to the rest of the summer.

“I think when I start Wimbledon I’m just going to think about going through the first few matches,” she said.

“I won’t think about the streak because I know it doesn’t help me. I did the same thing here and I know how to separate my mind from that and focus on tennis.

“But right now, for sure, I can think about it a little more and I would like to add a few games to this streak. But I feel that this chapter is definitely closed for the clay season, but also after the Sunshine. Double [Indian Wells and Miami Open].

“I haven’t really had much time to rest and I really want to rest now after Roland Garros. Because at the time I was like I had three days off, but I couldn’t can’t really stop thinking about the season. Right now I think I’ll have more time and I really want to do my best to rest.

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When asked specifically what she wants to do now, Swiatek added, “Honestly, not forcing myself to get motivated again and not being motivated. Just relax and not think about the competition.

“I think that’s going to be enough to give my brain a rest because I’ve been in competition for so many days that just that, I’m going to enjoy it. It doesn’t have to be anything special. I’m not a party animal.

Grass has been Swiatek’s weakest surface so far.

She is yet to make a grass final and lost in the fourth round in her previous outing at Wimbledon in 2021.

His first priority during SW19 will likely be to find a psychological balance on his days off, having struggled to do so during Roland-Garros.

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She said: “I would say in this tournament, mentally, maybe I was redlined because I didn’t recharge properly after Rome, I think.

“I did too many things off the pitch and I wasn’t completely mentally fresh before the tournament started. I thought I could rest between games, which I did at the start of the tournament, so that was cool. Then those rest days got pretty awful because I was thinking about the next games and I couldn’t really relax.

“But physically I think it’s useful to have tried to be as efficient as possible and to play short games. Here I only had one game in two hours. Maybe if I If I had more, I’d be redlining. But physically I feel good. It’s also a weird thing. I’m working and we’re trying our best to get a good regeneration. But still, I don’t know. I guess my physio is a magician.

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