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Iga Looks To Be In A league All to Herself At Paris

Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth Roland Garros title in Paris.

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Just call her Iga. No other identification is needed.

As the years go by, Iga’s notoriety is sure to grow.

She’s probably already earned a spot in tennis’ Hall of Fame.

Yes, Iga Swiatek is a name to remember. A hero in her native Poland, a superstar in the world of sports.

IGA WAS JUST TOO GOOD

Iga just added to her stardom Saturday with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over little-known Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third straight French Open title. This was Paolini’s chance to make a name for herself, but she didn’t have the game to make it happen.

Iga was just too good. She made it look too easy.

Paolini could hit some great ground strokes, but when she looked up a bigger shot was on its way back. Iga doesn’t look like a power hitter, but she is.

WINNING 10 CONSECUTIVE GAMES

The 23-year-old Polish Wonder finished the first set winning five straight games, then started the second set winning five more games in succession. The 28-year-old Paolini didn’t seem to have a clue on how to upend Swiatek.

It took just 78 minutes for Iga to win her fifth Grand Slam title.

She’s a lot like her French Open hero, Rafa Nadal.

She takes every match seriously.

SWIATEK OWNS THE RED CLAY

No wonder Iga owns a 35-2 record at Roland Garos. Or that she has won 21 straight matches. Or that she owns a 5-0 record in Grand Slam finals.

She only dominated opponents, except for Naomi Osaka in the second round. Swiatek escaped a match point in that one and didn’t look back.

Iga’s game should be just as superb on the green grass of upcoming Wimbledon.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing

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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities

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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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Roland Garros: ‘Perfectionist’ Swiatek Rises To Pressure After Winning ‘Emotional’ Fifth Grand Slam Title

Iga Swiatek spoke about her ’emotional’ title after claiming a fourth Roland Garros trophy.

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World number one Iga Swiatek has described herself as a perfectionist after claiming her fifth Grand Slam title.

The Pole won her fourth Roland Garros title after thrashing Jasmine Paolini with the loss of three games.

Another incredible title in Paris means that she has tied Justine Henin on Roland Garros titles.

Speaking after the match Swiatek called herself a ‘perfectionist’ after admitting putting pressure on herself, “Well, when I do anything, I want to do it 100%,” Swiatek stated in her press conference.

“It is, yeah, I think when you’re a perfectionist, you are a perfectionist everywhere. But, yeah, so yeah, basically it comes up to, like, doing everything 100% and sometimes not being able to let it go, you know.

“But I’m working on it, and this is a tricky thing, because for sure it helps you to be better, but sometimes it can be huge baggage, as well. So it’s good to manage it properly.

“When I talk about pressure, I usually put pressure on myself because of pressure of the outside. Obviously I’m a perfectionist, so there is always pressure, like, behind me. But I think I’m fine with, like, handling my own pressure. It’s when the pressure from the outside hits me, then it’s a little bit worse.

“But I managed it really well at this tournament. It was an emotional win, because I felt, you know, a lot of stress yesterday and today in the morning. And I knew if I’m going to just focus on tennis I can kind of fight through it, and at the end it all went how I wanted. So I just felt really proud of myself.”

Swiatek has had an incredible journey to clay court domination having started out with a winning streak on the ITF circuit to winning Wimbledon Juniors to now having five Grand Slam titles.

The Pole described the journey as ‘crazy’ and also spoke about enjoying life off-court having won Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros, “Yeah, it’s pretty crazy. In tennis, I feel like this journey, like, it’s pretty fair for everybody,” Swiatek said in deep thought.

“You just have to fight through these moments where you can’t get into tournaments and play on ITF level and then start playing on WTA level. But it all went pretty quickly for me, like, my progress was basically like that. I never really stopped. I’m for sure proud of it. Yeah, it’s weird, but on the other hand it’s normal, because I was, what, 18 or something?

“Well, I honestly learned that I can make it. Because at the beginning when I, like, eight weeks ago when I went to Fed Cup and then I didn’t, you know, come back home for all these weeks, I was, like, oh, my God. I mean, when I look at my calendar on my phone, it looks crazy, how am I going to survive that?

“But here I am. Honestly, I think I learned that if I enjoy life off the court, and I really enjoyed being in Madrid, Rome, and here, it helps me also to be fresh on court. So I think I had, like, less drama compared to last year, and I could really just enjoy life. So then I felt, you know, more energy on the court.”

Now having conquered the clay it’s time for Swiatek to tackle the grass which is a surface that hasn’t always been kind to her.

However Swiatek pointed to her quarter-final performance at Wimbledon last year and spoke about how there is no need for extra preparation, “I had these ideas, like, I don’t know, doing preseason on grass so I can learn how to play there. Last year’s result was pretty nice,” Swiatek noted.

“I feel like every year it’s easier for me to adapt to grass. So I think there is no need to do that. I just need to continue the work that I’ve been doing, and, yeah, it’s been easier every year, especially with my coach who, with Radwanska, they had great results on grass and he kind of feels grass well, I think.

“But yeah, for sure it’s a huge challenge. If I would lose here earlier, maybe I would be able to play two more weeks on grass and then be a better grass player, but if I would choose, I love playing on clay, so I’m not going to give up that ever.”

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