Chris Evert says Iga Swiatek was so good at the French Open last year that it ‘put her in a trance’ – and she can win it again.
Swiatek appeared to come from absolutely nowhere to win a maiden Grand Slam crown last October, but there was no doubting her tennis was worthy of the title.
She appears to have played herself back into form again at the perfect time, with her absolutely thrashing Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in the final of the Italian Open two weeks ago.
“I was in a trance watching her at the French Open, beating everyone in her path from Simona Halep onwards – and I was like who is this young lady? How did she get so good so fast?” Eurosport expert Evert said of Swiatek.
Asked whether she believed Swiatek could repeat that success and win the title again this year, Evert said: “Most certainly.
“If results prove themselves then yes, she has done well these past few tournaments.
“I think she probably felt pressure after the French Open in a few matches and lost her way a bit but she has gotten that confidence back.
“Right after she won it last year she said I’m not satisfied with one Grand Slam, I want to keep on winning many more – not many champions say that, not many people who win Grand Slams say that.
“She never gets down on herself, that’s a championship trait. She never panics when she is losing, she always believes in herself when she is behind – that’s an intangible quality to have, the mental side of the game that is so underrated but it can pull you through.”
Despite backing her as a genuine contender to win the French Open next month, Evert does believe the youngster still has a lot of room to grow as a player.
“She has won the French Open, she has won one Grand Slam on clay and she certainly is getting better and better..
“I think she is still not 100% there, I think she is still learning the tricks and learning the finesse, learning about the sliding. I still think she is in the learning position.
“Iga hasn’t had enough experience to be considered unbeatable or a true clay court player but she is getting better and better with every tournament.”
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