Iga Swiatek secured a fourth Grand Slam title with victory over Karolina Muchova in the Roland Garros final and she has been backed to win at least six more, although she still has one “big challenge” that she needs to overcome.
The 22-year-old won her third clay-court major on Saturday and she had to work for it as first-time Slam finalist Muchova produced an incredible fightback as the Czech twice found herself a break up in the deciding set.
However, Swiatek prevailed as she won 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 and in the process became the youngest woman to win four Grand Slams since Serena Williams. She is also the first woman to successfully defend her title since Justine Henin won four in a row from 2005 to 2007.
The Pole has already proven that she can do it on hard courts as well as she won the 2022 US Open
Speaking during the Eurosport post-match analysis of the women’s final, former world No 4 Tim Henman waxed lyrical about the world No 1.
“I look at all elements of Swiatek’s game and most importantly, that hunger and desire, she’s so motivated, she has a great team around her and I still think there are areas of her game she can improve on,” he said.
“She’s so good and she’s won on hard courts as well. Wimbledon is the biggest challenge for her but the sky is the limit. She can reach double figures for sure in terms of Grand Slam titles.”
Swiatek’s best performance at the Australian Open came in 2022 when she reached the last four, but she is yet to make it to the business end at Wimbledon as her best performance is a fourth round appearance in 2021.
The Pole won her previous three Grand Slam finals in straight sets, but this time she had a fight on her hands and still managed to emerge victorious.
Henman’s fellow Eurosport expert Mats Wilander says Swiatek looked “gone” in the decider against Muchova.
“She definitely felt the pressure. It’s a very emotional Iga Swiatek that you see these days. Which is good because she is handling the pressure beautifully,” he said.
“She really had to dig deep because of the shot selection of her opponent, Muchova. In a way you can say that Muchova is the one that made this final.
“Iga Swiatek was too good in the first set though, up 3-0 in the second and you thought, oh no Iga is too good. I’m very impressed with Iga’s level. She was gone and she comes back. Emotionally she settled down so really well done.”
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