Iga Swiatek Serena Williams Roland Garros comparison

Iga Swiatek and Serena Williams ‘opposites’ declares John McEnroe on dominance comparison

Iga Swiatek has drawn comparisons to Serena Williams with her recent run of form, something on John McEnroe has now offered comment.

The Pole avoided an upset to ease past qualifier Lesia Tsurenko into the second round of Roland Garros.

The victory means Swiatek has now won 29 matches in a row, the fourth longest WTA win streak of the 21st century, with Serena occupying second in that list.

According to Eurosport, McEnroe said of a comparison his brother Patrick made of Swiatek to Serena: “It is quite a compliment.

“Serena didn’t play with this much spin, obviously, she hit a bigger, flatter ball.

“But if [Iga] has half the career that Serena has had, she would be thrilled.

“Obviously, she is young, but she’s learning how to do different things.”

Specifically, McEnroe went technical on the differences between the two women.

he said of Swiatek: “She plays with a lot more spin than Serena, to me.

“But she’s learned to hit and flatten some balls out when she needs to, which is the opposite of Serena.

“Serena was flat and learned how to use more spin.

“Champions adapt, you know, that’s the bottom line.

“I think that’s the comparison [Patrick] is making.

“[Swiatek] is in a great headspace and she is hopefully going to win eight, 10 majors, who knows?

“She could win a lot of majors.”

Only six women, pre-Open Era included, have ever won more than 10 Slam singles titles.

They are Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Helen Wills Moody, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams and Margaret Court.

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