Iga Swiatek admits Wimbledon is “a different challenge” as she is still trying to find a way “to figure out grass.” Swiatek, 22, lifted her fourth Grand Slam title just before the start of the grass season. After successfully defending her French Open title, Swiatek will also try to make her first big Wimbledon result this summer.
After suffering a Wimbledon first-round defeat in her debut in 2019, Swiatek made the round-of-16 at The Championships in 2021. Last year, Swiatek’s run of 37 consecutive wins came to an end following a shock Wimbledon third-round defeat to Alize Cornet.
Swiatek: I’m yet to figure out grass
“Grass-court season is something I haven’t figured out yet. So Wimbledon is always a different challenge to any of the other Slams. But I would say winning Slams, it gives you kind of confidence that you can do it again on one hand, but on the other hand, everybody is watching you, everyone is targeting your back so you feel that a little bit and the pressure is bigger.
It makes it actually more special for players who do it when they are on top because it shows you you can do it and you’re strong enough to do it, so I feel that right now,” Swiatek told Eurosport. After Swiatek was beaten by Cornet at Wimbledon last year, the Pole very honestly admitted there was a lot she needed to learn about playing on grass courts.
“Above all, I felt that I still had a lot to learn about grass courts. It’s not an excuse, it’s the reality – I have the aptitude to play on grass but I can’t yet do it on a satisfactory level,” Swiatek said last year. This year, Swiatek is scheduled to kick off her grass season in Bad Homburg. After Bad Homburg, Swiatek will try to make a strong Wimbledon run.