The French Open champion reflects on her journey from a junior to world No 1 and looks ahead to the grass court season
A few hours after Iga Swiatek consolidated her dominance with a second French Open title while blazing to a 35th consecutive win in the run that never ends the exhausted champion from Poland, speaking from the corner of a tiny room, kicked her leg up over the handle of her chair as she recounted the years that led up to her current success.
“My journey from the beginning was basically what my dad thought was the best,” Swiatek said. “He made really good choices, really bad choices sometimes, but it wasn’t like I had 10 people around me telling us how to deal with anything and telling us what to do. We had to choose our own path and for sure we got really lucky that he made some good decisions and I had good coaches at the beginning because, honestly, I didn’t have any system that could help us.”