Iga Swiatek Roland Garros 2020

‘I’m overwhelmed. I wasn’t dreaming of winning’ – Iga Swiatek on Italian Open triumph

Iga Swiatek said she “wouldn’t even dream” of winning the Italian Open earlier this week after destroying Karolina Pliskova in Sunday’s final.

The 19-year-old Pole blew away the ninth seed 6-0, 6-0 in a remarkable 46-minute display in the WTA 1000 title match.

The world No. 15 crucially saved two match points in edging past Barbora Krejcikova 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 in the third round.

“I’m really really happy. I’m kind of overwhelmed because at the beginning of this tournament I wouldn’t even dream of winning,” Swiatek said in her interview during the trophy presentation.

“It was super tough, we had to fight a lot of stuff but I’m really happy. Karolina had a great run here and in previous years she showed that she’s really consistent player.

“I think everything happened during that week. I was saving set points, saving match points, so I think you (the crowd) helped me a lot. You know, it’s tough.”

Swiatek will defend her title at Roland Garros – which will run from May 30 to June 13. She won the 2020 event without dropping a set.

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