'I'm No. 1, So I'm The Favourite Everywhere': Swiatek Confident Ahead Of French Open

'I'm No. 1, So I'm The Favourite Everywhere': Swiatek Confident Ahead Of French Open

by Zachary Wimer

Iga Swiatek was quite reserved during her reign as the world number one player on the WTA Tour, but it seems that she's starting to be more confident in her claims.

When the Polish player became world number one, many people were skeptical that she would stay that high for a long time, because she directly inherited the spot from Ashleigh Barty, who retired from the sport.

In response, she reeled off 37 consecutive wins, and fans quickly realized that she was here to stay. Last year proved that she's also human, as she lost her number one rank, which she reclaimed almost immediately.

Since then, Swiatek has been quite confident, and not as reserved as she was during the first part of her reign as the world no. 1. She's winning matches comfortably and embracing being called the best player in the world.

After winning the Madrid Open, Swiatek won the Italian Open as well, admitting after the final, that being number one means that she's the favorite at any event she plays, including the upcoming Roland Garros.

"Well, I'm No. 1 so I'm the favorite everywhere if you look at rankings. But rankings don't play, so... I'll do everything step by step and we'll see."

Swiatek is obviously going to be Roland Garros' number-one favourite, having won the event three times in the past. She's also played the best tennis of all players on clay, but ultimately, she has to go out and confirm it on the courts, and for that, she has to recover well.

"For sure, recovery is important and necessary before a Grand Slam. Yeah, I'll not travel tomorrow because I have also my friends here, so I want to stay here a bit longer. Then we'll go to Paris."

She's very confident that she can do it, but that's just part of it. Apart from Venus Williams, who is still active but doesn't play very often, the Polish player would become an active player with the most Grand Slams on the women's Tour, as she's currently tied with Naomi Osaka at four.


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