2022 – Iga Swiatek: The 21-year-old who could break Serena Williams’ winning streak

But the Polish star refuses to be pressured.

“[T]There’s no point in thinking, “Oh, this streak is going to be long. When am I going to lose? Or, I don’t know, is it even possible to win that many matches?”

“I just don’t think about it. I honestly believe the sky is the limit and I can even move on.

“This kind of attitude of just looking ahead and not thinking about what really happened has really helped me because I also conserve energy when I don’t. I am so proud of myself,” she added.

Although it is not always easy for Swiatek, whose winning streak at the French Open on Monday was in jeopardy.

She defeated Chinese teenager Zheng Chenwen in the fourth round, but not before Zheng had taken a group of the world number one.

The 19-year-old Zing looked like she had a big upset on the track as she won the first set in the tiebreak before Swiatek took control and racked up a 32 6-7 (5) 6-0 6-2 win in a row.

“It wasn’t easy finding solutions, finding different tactics and doing something different because I wasn’t sure what I was doing wrong,” she said.

Swiatek started regrouping in an unconventional way and chose to do so sings a prayer for lipa in their heads instead of focusing on “technical matters”.
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“This is not the first time. I always sing something.”

family tradition

The sport lives in the Swiatek family, as her father rowed for Poland at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

“I think we’re always so focused on working because of him because he had high expectations that we’d get good grades and have good practices,” she previously told CNN.

“Sometimes those expectations are not a good thing because they put pressure on a child, but in my case I think it really helped me because I learned to be a professional.

“My sister got injured when she was 15 and she stopped playing tennis, but she has a great mind and she’s a really good learner, so I think we’ll be successful together.”

Swiatek’s dominance comes at a time when there is no clear contender for her winning streak.

Ashleigh Barty dominated all surfaces after winning Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open, and suddenly retired from tennis earlier this year at the age of 25.

The win in the French capital would also make Swiatek the first woman to win six consecutive tournaments since Justine Henin between 2007 and 2008.

“I think the key is just going to be doing the same things as before. Now, in these tournaments, I’ve been really under a lot of pressure. I hope that’s the other pressure we have at major tournaments, and it won’t overwhelm me,” she told the WTA Insider Podcast.

“But I am trying to accept that one day the streak will end. It is physically and mentally difficult to do the same job every week because we are human too.

“So I’m just going to try to put that little distance behind it and treat the Grand Slam like any other and maybe enjoy what happens a little bit more – I’m enjoying a day off in between matches, because the atmosphere here was very intense and I didn’t even see Rome. So hopefully it will be. different in Paris.

Ben Church and Amy Lewis contributed reporting.