Iga Swiatek has been predicted to win ‘double-digit’ Grand Slam titles ‘if she stays motivated’ by former No.1 Boris Becker.
Swiatek claimed her third Roland Garros crown last week, with the 22-year-old becoming the youngest player to win four majors since Serena Williams.
When speaking to Eurosport, Becker has predicted how many Grand Slam titles the believes the Pole could win, “She is only 22 years old, and she still has her whole athletic life ahead of her. So, I see no reason why she can’t win 10 or 15 Grand Slam titles if she stays motivated.”
The German continued, “That’s always the big question, especially when you have success at such a young age. Do you still feel like repeating yourself in five years or do you have to keep reinventing yourself?”
“But from the way she plays, her attitude, her fitness, I don’t see any reason why she shouldn’t reach double-digit Grand Slam wins.”
If Becker was to be right and Swiatek was to reach a potential of 15 major titles, she would sit at seventh in the all-time women’s Grand Slam record books, behind Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova and ahead of Billie Jean King.
However, the six-time major winner claims that Swiatek needs rivalries to stay motivated, “The question is the rivalry; the women need it as much as the men.”
“For [Novak] Djokovic, [Rafael] Nadal and [Roger] Federer they were important, and for Swiatek, it will be important that [Aryna] Sabalenka continues to improve, that [Karolina] Muchova continues to play well, Ons Jabeur, I also want to mention here, Coco Gauff, I would also like to see in the final again.”
Becker added, “For me, these are the best women, and when there is healthy competition, then the players really enjoy it. They are all competitors, they want to measure themselves against each other, and that is also a good sign for Swiatek.”
Swiatek will now set her sights on the grass court season, which tends to be her weakest despite being a junior Wimbledon champion, with the No.1 set to play a WTA 250 event in Bad Homburg before heading to SW19.