In the case of Swiatek, it's quite a natural thing. She's the best player in the world after finishing the year with the WTA Finals trophy and the number one ranking. She's been the dominant force in women's tennis for two years now, so it's only natural to see the Olympics as a reasonable goal.
Another positive for Swiatek in her pursuit of a gold medal is Roland Garros being the venue for the event. She's been utterly spectacular at the event, winning it three times so far in her career. She won it this year and last year and largely did so without having too many issues.
Clay is her best surface because it plays well into her ball-striking ability as well as movement. With her amazing track record in Paris, she's definitately one of the favourites. According to her coach, Tomasz Wiktorowski, it's one of her priorities next year.
Yes. The Games are our priority and we start preparing for them in January or even in December.
Swiatek is expected to play mixed doubles as well as singles as she looks to pair up with Hubert Hurkacz. They played together at the United Cup in the past and had some solid success so it's not unthinkable that they could actually get a medal.
Between Hurkacz's serve and Swiatek's ball-striking, there are plenty of ways to win a point.
Thinking not only about singles, but also about mixed doubles with Hubert Hurkacz, and this is a completely different discipline that we don't really have the opportunity to try during the year.
The Olympics are in her blood as her father competed as a rower at the 1988 Olympics. She already equalled that by playing in Tokyo three years ago but now she wants to bring a medal to the country, preferably the gold one.