Iga Swiatek - Roland Garros 2022

Iga Swiatek provides injury update ahead of Roland Garros title defence

Iga Swiatek has provided fans with an injury update, after there were fears for the Pole’s fitness following a retirement in her quarter-final match in Rome.

Swiatek retired at 2-2 in the third set against Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, bringing her 14-match winning streak in the Italian Open to an end.

The WTA No.1 appeared to be holding her right thigh during the tie-break, and left the court in tears as she had a medical timeout.

When returning to the court for the deciding set, Swiatek had her thigh strapped up but could only play a further four games before opting to not continue any further.

The three-time Grand Slam champion has since took to social media to update fans in a couple of posts, “Hi Guys. I’m sure you’re thinking about what happened last night. We’re checking it. During the second set I got a thigh injury. The diagnostic is in progress. More info in the following days. Will keep you updated.”

Later on in the day Swiatek gave a more positive update, revealing that she would be flying to the French capital to defend her Roland Garros title.

The 21-year-old wrote, “Quick update. A couple of days off for sure. And booking my flight to Paris, so…fingers crossed, please! Hopefully, see you soon.”

Swiatek has since followed up on this, “We did an examination with the physio afterwards. It shouldn’t be anything serious, so I’m pretty positive that I’ll be back soon.”

The two-time Roland Garros champion continued, “For sure I feel tired. I think it was the right decision to stop playing [in Rome] because I felt pain when I was stretching, when I did harder movements.

“For me, the most important thing is to play it safe and not exploit my body so much in such difficult conditions, after having to play a few matches in night sessions and after midnight.”

Iga Swiatek and her dominance at Roland Garros

Swiatek has good records at all of the major tournaments, but the clay of Roland Garros is where she appears to excel and is also where she made her major breakthrough three years ago.

Here are Swiatek’s performances in full at the second major of the year:

Iga Swiatek’s win-loss record at all Grand Slams: 54-13 (81%)

Iga Swiatek’s win-loss record at Roland Garros: 21-2 (91%)

2019 – Lost in the third round to Simona Halep (3), 1-6 0-6

2020 – Beat Sofia Kenin (4), 6-4 6-1, to win the title

2021 – Lost in the quarter-final to Maria Sakkari (17), 4-6 4-6

2022 – Beat Coco Gauff (18), 6-1 6-3, to win the title

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.