Iga Swiatek Admits ‘Dealing With Success’ Was ‘Harder’ After French Open 2020 Glory

Published 10/05/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Iga Swiatek of Poland plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)


In tennis, a Grand Slam tournament holds the highest value. Hence, every tennis professional dreams of winning at least one in their career. However, once they do it, nothing remains the same. For instance, 20-year-old Iga Swiatek, who won the French Open last year, opens up on the changes in her life, following her success.

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Before the French Open 2020, not many were familiar with Swiatek’s talent. However, she rose to fame when she won her first maiden Grand Slam without dropping a set.

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Courtesy of his triumphant performance, the Polish professional would enter each tournament in her career as Grand Slam champion. Unquestionably, its pressure and fame had an impact on each aspect of her game.

Iga Swiatek on dealing with success after her French Open triumph

Firstly, the ATP Tour has initiated a phenomenal show called ‘CrossCourt,’ where players from both the men’s and women’s sides interview each other. In their new episode, Polish talents Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz interacted with one another.

Seemingly, the whole episode is yet to come out, but the ATP Tour has shared a snippet of their conversation. In the video, Hurkacz explained the importance of a team, whereas Swiatek revealed changes after her French Open win.

“After the French Open, it’s even harder to deal with success. Everything is changing,” Swiatek said.

Despite the pressure, the 20-year-old Polish has continued to grow on the WTA Tour. Incredibly, she even made it into the Top 10 for the first time this year.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Without a doubt, there is still a lot more to come from Iga Swiatek. Presently, she would already be in California as the WTA 1000 Indian Wells tournament begins on October 6th.

Swiatek’s 2021 season so far

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Although Swiatek did not defend her French Open title or win her second major, she added two more WTA titles to her name; They are the Adelaide International and the Italian Open.

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Iga Swiatek of Poland serves against Fiona Ferro of France in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, the Polish star reached her career-high ranking of World No.4. Her stunning 33-12 win-loss record helped her climb high in the WTA Rankings.

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Summing up, it’s time to see what Swiatek produces at the Indian Wells event. Can she find her third WTA title of the 2021 season in tennis paradise?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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