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‘My biggest dream is not related to tennis’, says Polish star Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek celebrates at Roland Garros

Polish youngster Iga Swiatek insists that despite her success on and off the court, her biggest dream is not related to the sport.

Swiatek, 19, surprised everyone when she won the French Open last year, and she has since been tipped for a top future in the game.

She, though, says she is already thinking about what she needs to do to survive without tennis when the time comes.

“Actually my biggest dream is not related to tennis”, Iga Swiatek told the National.

“I would like to not be lost after I finish my career and not have that feeling that you don’t know what to do with your life anymore”.

The youngster, who became the first ever Polish player male or female to win a grand slam, appeared very grounded and confident of her game in the interview. 

She followed; “I feel like I have two modes. One is work mode and one is private mode”.

“When I’m at work I can actually be more extroverted and when I’m meeting fans it's usually comfortable for me, but in private life I’m more of an introvert. I’m switching between them”.

Swiatek’s run to the French Open title in October was considered one of the most impressive runs to a grand slam title in recent years. 

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Not dropping a single set the whole tournament, she sent three seeds in Marketa Vondrousova, Simona Halep and Sofia Kenin packing, with sheer confidence throughout. 

“Winning the French Open as a first Polish player, there is a lot of buzz around that”, says Swiatek. 

“I was discussing with my psychologist that I think I kind of wasn’t prepared for the success and she thinks that we were”.

Swiatek backed up the French Open display by winning her second WTA title on the hard courts of Adelaide last month. Her impressive singles record of 119-33 (78.3%) shows how quickly she rose to her current career high of No. 15 in the world.

“I felt really confident here and really solid on court. I would say it's my best tournament this season”, she said after winning down under. 

“It gives me more confidence that I'm, like, more developed player and I can play good more often. I'm really happy about that.”

Swiatek will return to the court in Dubai this week, after choosing to skip Qatar. With a bye to the second round, she will play either Misaki Doi or Polona Hercog. 

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