The ladies’s match on the French Open has typically sprung shock winners however it’s arduous to see anybody aside from Iga Swiatek lifting the Suzanne Lenglen Cup on the Parisian clay this 12 months.
The 20-year-old Polish participant has all of it — and in latest months she has merely been unbeatable.
Having triumphed at Roland Garros in 2020, she already has the expertise of conquering all earlier than her on pink dust.
When Swiatek unexpectedly took over the world primary rating following Ash Barty’s sudden retirement in March, it appeared to spark one thing contained in the Pole as she is going to arrive at Roland Garros using on an unimaginable 28-match successful streak.
It’s the longest successful run since Serena Williams bagged 34 consecutive victories in 2013. It is usually a far cry from Martina Navratilova’s all-time file of 74 from 1984 however such is Swiatek’s domination on the slowest floor that it is going to be a serious shock if she doesn’t add one other seven wins to that quantity in Paris.
Swiatek has additionally gained 40 of the final 41 units she has performed and is undefeated since dropping to former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai in February.
The 20-year-old has gained her final 5 occasions, a run that included titles in Indian Wells, Miami and Rome.
“Actually I’m going to do the identical approach I’ve achieved right here, additionally at different tournaments,” mentioned Swiatek.
“I’m going to attempt to do step-by-step, simply consider the subsequent match as I did in these tournaments.”
If Swiatek does find yourself triumphing on June 4, it is going to be the primary time in seven years that the ladies’s champion will not be a newcomer into the Grand Slam winners’ circle.
In keeping with Eurosport tennis analyst Mats Wilander, there will probably be no room for error for Swiatek, although.
“If it was 5 units, I might say Iga Swiatek is all the time the massive, large favorite as a result of the extent she would play at over 5 units, she would all the time be the massive favorite,” three-time French Open winner Wilander mentioned.
“As a result of it’s three units, there are a whole lot of ladies that may come out and play unbelievably for 45 minutes to an hour and in that point they may depart Swiatek 6-3 or up a break and abruptly we now want a little bit little bit of luck to show the match round.
“As a result of it’s three units, I say she’s the favorite for positive, but it surely’s rather more tough to persistently be the favorite over three units.”
Swiatek has been so pink scorching in latest weeks that it’s arduous to see anybody who could have the flexibility to problem her.
Defending champion and world quantity two Barbora Krejcikova remains to be recovering from an arm harm whereas final 12 months’s runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has already pulled out injured.
Naomi Osaka, who shone a lightweight on psychological struggles suffered by athletes when she abruptly withdrew from final 12 months’s championships following a row with organisers over media commitments, might be again subsequent week however she is scuffling with an Achilles harm and has by no means made it previous the third spherical right here.
Swiatek’s greatest rival may properly be Ons Jabeur. The sixth-ranked Tunisian triumphed in Madrid – a match the Pole opted to skip – however was then demolished within the Rome closing by Swiatek.
The conflict in Ukraine will probably be in lots of gamers’ ideas. Russian and Belarusian gamers will have the ability to compete at Roland Garros however will then have to sit down out Wimbledon as All England Membership officers barred opponents from the 2 nations attributable to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “particular army operation”. Belarus has been a key staging space for the invasion.
Swiatek has been pinning a ribbon in Ukrainian flag colors to her hat and she is going to proceed to take action.
“I’m going to put on it till the scenario goes to get higher,” she mentioned.