2022 – Column from Asia Swiatek: French Open favorites read by Agatha Christie, Alexandre Dumas and George Orwell

WTA world number one Iga Swiatek is back as a columnist for BBC Sport at the French Open.

The 20-year-old Poland, who won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2020, is the top favorite on clay, winning the third round on Saturday to expand her streak to 31 matches.

Reading is one of my biggest passions off the tennis court, it’s an important factor in keeping me relaxed and focused on the main goal of winning matches and playing tennis well.

I just finished reading Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie’s novel about Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

I actually finished it 40 minutes before my second round match against Alison Riske.

The reason I allowed myself to finish the book at the time was because I knew I wouldn’t cry at the end. But this was not always the case with some accounts!

My team needs to know when I’m going to finish a book if I get too emotional too close to the game.

For example, I read Gone With the Wind at last year’s US Open, and psychologist Daria Abramovich tried to keep track of when I was nearing the end.

She really wanted to make sure I didn’t finish the book right before the game. She was 100% sure I’d get tears in my eyes – and she was right!

However, this was not the case with Murder on the Orient Express.

I really enjoyed it and while reading I didn’t know if I should focus on figuring out who the killer was or if I should just read without trying to be a detective.

To be honest, I’m not very creative with solving this kind of problem. I won’t do the detective. It was impossible for me to guess who it was.

Swiatek has not dropped a set in her first three matches at this year’s French Open

I’ve read the book in two days and have a long list of other books I want to read.

I recently read The Count of Monte Cristo and just started The Three Musketeers, another book by French author Alexandre Dumas.

I’ve also thought about reading George Orwell, but Daria says it’s probably best not to play during the tournament because it takes a lot of interest in life and isn’t the best way to relax.

What is on the list? I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye is another classic I want to read.

I prefer reading novels. But getting mixed up on this, I recently read 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, a 21-article book that answers questions about today’s global agenda — such as modern politics, climate change, and the impact of technology.

“I only know one other person on tour who reads the same books”

Not many of my friends read similar books. I was trying to convince my sister Agata that she can read more, but she just graduated from university, so she needs to read a lot of books to help her study.

The only person I know on the tour who reads as much as I do is Kaja Jovan. She is one of my best friends, let’s talk about books.

But I don’t want to force people to read the same things, I think it’s a personal thing.

I always have a book or Kindle in my pocket. I read during tournaments, but of course I read more when I have free time and I’m in a park or at the beach.

I feel like when I don’t have time to read, it’s time for me to relax a bit more.

If I don’t find time to read, it’s a sign that I’m doing too much. I feel like it really clears my mind.

I love the feel of the paper book on my fingers, but I also use a Kindle. For many years I’ve been thinking, “No, I should read the real books instead of the electronic versions.” But after all that travel it became too heavy to carry many books.

For my 20th birthday last year I received 20 books from my management team – it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

Among those books were “Gone with the Wind” and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, while the other books included “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Book “Kitab” Titled “The Gold Mine Effect” by Rasmus Ankersen.

This package has left me occupied, especially since I was absent for about three months during the busy period surrounding the French Open and Wimbledon.

I’m still reading in Polish, but I really want to try reading in English. Right now I feel like I’m studying when I do that. I feel it is not relaxing.

I feel my life is too intense to study at the moment, but I would like to continue to improve my English.

Reading will help me with that too – if I finally find the time – but for now I’m glad it’s part of the process of helping me win games and do well.

Ega Swiatek spoke to BBC Sport’s Jonathan Gorejko at Roland Garros.