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Iga Swiatek’s candid confession about Wimbledon

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Roland-Garros champion Iga Swiatek is on a 35-game unbeaten streak before Wimbledon. Photo: Getty

French Open champion Iga Swiatek has said she has “no expectations” at Wimbledon after admitting she finds it “difficult” playing on the famous grass courts.

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Swiatek was at her best as she edged American teenage sensation Coco Gauff 6-1 6-3 to reign supreme in the Roland Garros final.

The Pole hasn’t lost since mid-February and looks a class above the rest of the women’s field since the retirement of former world No. 1 Ash Barty earlier this year.

However, Swiatek hasn’t been as successful on grass courts as he has been on clay and hard courts – a fact that could level the playing field somewhat as Wimbledon approaches.

The 21-year-old said she plans to spend a week in her native Poland following her stunning French Open win, before focusing on grass.

“I want to stay at least a week at home, so I’ll do it,” said Swiatek, who paraded his Roland-Garros trophy at the Eiffel Tower on Sunday.

Swiatek reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year and although she admits she finds the game on grass ‘tricky’, hopes coach Tomasz Wiktorowski’s experience can help her refine her assault on the All England Club.

“We have grass venues, like two courts probably, maybe an hour and a half from Warsaw. Then I do not know. I haven’t spoken to my trainer. It’s usually his decision. But I want to stay in Warsaw for a few days.

“It will be the most enjoyable thing for me because I’ve been on tour since the Fed Cup. Then I came home for one night. It doesn’t really matter.

Seen here, Iga Swiatek holds the French Open trophy aloft after beating Coco Gauff in the women's final.

Iga Swiatek heads to Wimbledon as the player to beat in the women’s singles draw after extending her winning streak to 35 matches by winning the French Open title. Photo: Getty

Iga Swiatek admits she finds it ‘difficult’ to play on grass

Swiatek’s 35 wins have come on hard and clay courts, with her rivals no doubt taking some confidence from the fact that she clearly isn’t as comfortable on grass.

“My coach thinks I can win more matches on grass,” she added.

“I don’t know about that yet. But I would like to add one or two.

“But honestly, the grass is still tricky. In fact, I like the part that I have no expectations there. It’s something refreshing.

“Yeah, I’m just going to prepare as best I can and maybe with his (coach Wiktorowski) experiences he had with Aga Radwanska.

“It was his favorite surface, so maybe he’ll give me some tips that will really help and I’ll enjoy playing on grass a bit more.”

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Swiatek doesn’t just win, but wins easily, already amassing 16 sets taken 6-0 in 2022 – and that’s only early June.

Her unbeaten run dates back to February and equals the record set by Venus Williams in 2000 as the longest this century.

After winning her last six tournaments, going 42-3 this season, Swiatek has emerged as the dominant figure in women’s tennis.

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has been out of action for almost a year and three-time Australian champion Barty announced in March that she would retire at 25 and give up the No.1 ranking.

“Two years ago, winning this title was something incredible. Honestly, I would never expect it,” Swiatek said after winning his second French Open trophy.

“But this time I feel like I worked hard and did everything to get here, even if it was quite difficult. The pressure was great.”

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