After winning the last 11 games played at the Roland Garros without losing a single set, the champion of the 119th edition of the French Open has left Paris to the quarter-finals, in this 2021 edition. Iga Swiatek also had to deal with a problem in her right leg during the last game played at the Roland Garros, but Maria Sakkari was flawless and didn’t shiver in the important moments.
The Pole player has decided to start the grass-season from Eastbourne, where she will try to adapt to the new playing conditions ahead of Wimbledon. As she has reiterated in several interviews, Swiatek doesn’t know what to expect from the grass season and her goals aren’t that high.
Swiatek, in the press conference, said: “During the first training sessions on the grass I felt I was out of rhythm; they are much more insecure than clay and concrete. It’s a very different feeling. At first I was happy to play on grass, a different surface than we are used to, but over time you feel desperate at certain times.”
Iga Swiatek: “Wimbledon? I don’t expect anything from the grass-season”
About the feeling with the rest of the playing surfaces during the season she said: “You didn’t feel that continuity you feel all season. It’s a completely different feeling. Here the footwork is different. You have to dose your movements. I have played intense games since the beginning of the year, but this is the first time my legs hurt so much.
It’s amazing to think how tired she is after a couple of days of training on the grass. Top spin on this surface doesn’t work, so I have to find other strategies. I know it will be very difficult for me, but I have to think about having a good attitude and playing tournaments without high expectations.
I will try to relax and enjoy every game. In my mind, I feel like I’m on vacation, because playing on grass is really special. But it’s frustrating to play on a surface that doesn’t suit my style of play. Also last month I said that I did not expect anything good from the season on the grass. I’m trying not to get angry when things don’t go the way I want.”