Iga Swiatek explained how she benefits greatly from having a psychologist with her on the tour and that the assistance helps her overcome self-doubt.
Swiatek has enjoyed a remarkable rise up the WTA rankings. She is already the world No. 1 aged 21, has a Grand Slam title to her name – the 2020 French Open - and is currently on a 33-match win streak. She will face Daria Kasatkina later today for another final at Roland Garros.
It's something she doesn't think would happen without her sports psychologist:
“It’s pretty hard to know [how I’m developing psychologically] that because since my psychologist is travelling with me. We talk over lunch so it’s hard to say but it is always important for me, and I’m happy that I have a person that I can talk to and that when I have some doubts, I can really you know look for another opinion and a person who’s going to remind me sometimes where my strengths are."
On the topic, she further added:
"It depends on the player how they wanna work because for some players it’s okay to just have a few sessions a month. I, for example, felt like it’s pretty nice that my psychologist is travelling with me because it would be hard for me to trust somebody if somebody wouldn’t be here and wouldn’t see how I react after I lose, how I react after I win, and basically it’s easier when we got to know each other."
She finished off with:
“I have to prove to myself the sky is the limit. This tournament is also tricky because it’s a Grand Slam. And the atmosphere is different, the pressure is a little bit higher. You always have some doubts, the way that you process it is the most important. I’m pretty happy how I have used these matches to have more confidence and to kind of play more fearlessly."