‘She’s playing on her terms’ – Iga Swiatek backed for French Open success by top analyst
Former British number one Tim Henman has admitted he is “loving” the way Iga Swiatek is playing and has tipped the Pole to keep her winning streak going at Roland Garros next week.
The 20-year-old, who won two titles in 2021, has already doubled that haul in 2022 as she has gone 28 consecutive matches unbeaten this year so far.
Her last defeat on tour came all the way back on the 16th February in Dubai as she lost in the last 16 to Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.
Swiatek has won four out of the five WTA 1000 events in 2022, including last week’s Rome Open where she defended her title.
Iga Swiatek, thanks to her incredible unbeaten run, is the understandable overwhelming favourite for the French Open title.
The woman from Warsaw will be looking to repeat her 2020 Roland Garros heroics when she claimed her maiden WTA and Grand Slam title.
Former world number four Tim Henman has backed Iga Swiatek to do just that as he argued that he does not see anyone stopping the Pole anytime soon.
Speaking to Eurosport, the former French Open semi-finalist heaped praise on Iga Swiatek, as he told reporters, “I was in Miami and I was in Rome last week, and I have watched nearly all her matches.
“I love the way she’s playing. We always talk about the three aspects in tennis, technical, physical and mental. And in each area she is she is really maximizing her play. Her strategy is very simple. She’s got huge power off both wings off the forehand and the backhand side.
“She’s moving well, so it’s difficult to put her under pressure, but if you drop the ball short, she is very good at going down the line on both wings. She’s playing on her terms. She’s the one that is dictating, she is in control of the outcome of the matches.
“And then you add her physicality on the court which has improved. I think she’s faster. When she has to she’s defending better. Mentally, she’s very focused and her concentration is not wavering during the matches and she’s out there with a clear plan.
“I don’t know her team, but it seems that they have a very good bond, a very good setup. And when you win five tournaments in a row, 28 matches, you know that it’s working very well.”
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