Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek reacts throughout her quarter closing match in opposition to Greece’s Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
June 9, 2021
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) – From her French Open title to her run to the quarter-finals right here on Wednesday, Iga Swiatek has had an eventful eight months and it’s now time for the 20-year-old to sit back.
The Pole, who burst into the limelight when she lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup as a youngster with out dropping a set final October, is feeling the pressure of taking part in skilled tennis.
She was knocked out within the final eight by Greek Maria Sakkari, 6-4 6-4, after being unable to regulate her techniques whereas additionally struggling a thigh downside.
“After I was on courtroom, I felt it completely in another way. As I stated, I couldn’t even sleep effectively yesterday. I slept like few hours,” stated Swiatek, seeded eighth at Roland Garros.
“I believe I used to be feeling every little thing twice as a lot as I ought to. It was onerous to rationally simply see what’s occurring.”
Her subsequent huge objective would be the Olympics in Tokyo, and she or he doesn’t have many hopes for the grasscourt season, which culminates at Wimbledon from June 28-July 11.
“I don’t know if I even keep in mind the way to play on grass, so we’re going to see how that’s going to go. I’m not placing, like, any expectations or any stress on myself as a result of I actually simply wish to discover ways to play on it,” she stated
“For certain we’re going to arrange extra for Olympics, and my subsequent peak might be going to be the Olympics.”
Till Tokyo, Swiatek stated she was not going to contemplate tennis as a job in order that the stress doesn’t weigh an excessive amount of on her.
Psychological well being has been on the centre of debates in tennis since Japan’s Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open after the primary spherical, revealing she had been affected by despair for nearly three years.
“I had a reasonably intense season. I performed lots of the tournaments, greater than in my earlier seasons. I’m pleased with the outcomes that I’ve, but in addition I’m continuously at work,” Swiatek defined.
“For certain we’re going to attempt to chill down, sit back a bit of bit, calm down, additionally discover some perspective. Mainly once I shut my eyes, I solely see tennis courts and balls, so it’s fairly tiring.”
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Hugh Lawson)