Wimbledon favorite Iga Swiatek says he continues to understand grass | Tennis News

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Iga Swiatek. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

LONDON: Poland’s world number one Iga Swiatek is the red favorite to win the Wimbledon title but admits that grass court tennis is something she is still trying to figure out.
This admission will offer hope to her rivals, but the bad news is that the 21-year-old has done a pretty good job of figuring it all out so far in her astonishing start to her career.
Only four years ago she won the Wimbledon junior title and since then she has become a dominant force on the WTA Tour, so much so that she has two French Open titles and is currently on a 35-game winning streak, including six titles.
These were on hard and clay courts and the move to the All England Club lawns will be a tall order.
“Honestly, I always feel like I need to understand the grass. Last year, of course, was that kind of tournament where I didn’t know what to expect,” said Swiatek to reporters on Saturday.
“Then game after game I realized maybe I could do more and more. Again this year I only played 10 days on grass so it’s not a lot. I didn’t didn’t have much time to prepare.
“But I just try to stay open-minded and take positive things out of the situation and realize that I can play without any expectations.”
Swiatek, who reached the fourth round last year, begins his quest against the Croatian qualifier Jana Fettranked 254.
This shock will open the game on central courtyard Tuesday – the traditional slot for the defending champion.
With Australian Ash Barty having left the sport, that honor went to Swiatek and few could blame her.
“We didn’t really ask for that. I know there have been discussions about who should open, and I feel really privileged to have been chosen,” she said.
“There are a lot of players here who have won Wimbledon… It’s a good thing for me. I didn’t expect that because I only reached the fourth round last year and that’s my best result.
“I hope it will be a good show.”
Swiatek hasn’t played a match since beating American Coco Gauff in the French Open final, having made the decision to rest after her incredible winning streak.
“It was just the best decision for me to stay in shape,” she said. “I basically stayed home because after being on tour I feel like that’s the best way for me to recover.
“It was hard to relax and do nothing because I felt like my adrenaline was surging. I felt like I still needed to do some tasks and have goals, like cleaning the house.
“But I didn’t have to worry about eating well or sleeping well, so it was pretty nice.”

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