Swiatek on the 2023 French Open: The Most Pressure I Felt Here

Just 10 days before the start of the French Open, Iga Swiatek suffered a right thigh injury in Rome and retired her quarterfinal match.

“It wasn’t easy from the beginning. I felt the most pressure here compared to all the other Roland Garroses. Especially with injuries and not having sometimes enough time to practice everything. I still kind of needed to believe that my game is enough.

I tried to not look at the draws, but sometimes you play these first matches and you think, ‘Oh, is this going to be enough for the rest of the tournament?’ It’s pretty stupid because the tournament is two weeks and you know that you’re not going to even be in the same shape for two weeks,” Swiatek said.

In the French Open final, Swiatek defeated Karolina Muchova 6-2 5-7 6-4. In the third set, Swiatek was twice down by a set but she managed to recover both times and ultimately clinch a three-set win over Muchova. Now, Swiatek will turn her focus on the grass season and preparing well for Wimbledon, which starts in one month.


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