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'Seeing Serena Williams was 'overwhelming,' says world number one Iga Swiatek

Does Iga Swiatek see Serena Williams as a genuine Wimbledon threat? You bet she does! "I'm pretty sure that she's going to be in good shape because she has so much experience."
Serena Williams practicing ahead of Wimbledon

World number one Iga Swiatek said she was 'overwhelmed' to see Serena Williams practicing at Wimbledon.

Swiatek has enjoyed Serena-level dominance of the WTA Tour of late, stringing together a 35-match winning streak that culminated with her winning Roland Garros.

She comes into Wimbledon with that streak in tact, but even that didn't stop her feeling in awe of the mere presence of Serena Williams, who is playing her first singles tournament for a year.

"I saw her yesterday, I was pretty overwhelmed," said Swiatek, the recently-crowned French Open champion.

"I didn't know how to react. I wanted to meet her. I saw that she had so many people around her. I don't know her team. It was pretty weird.

"But just seeing her around is great because she's such a legend, there's nobody that has done so much in tennis.

"I'm pretty sure that she's going to be in good shape because she has so much experience coming back from breaks or just playing in Grand Slams. I think she can use it."

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With defending champion Ashleigh Barty retired, Swiatek has been given the honour of opening the play on Centre Court on Tuesday.

She will face Croatian qualifier Jana Fett, and while she is appreciative of the honour, she admits she will take to court not entirely sire of what to expect from herself on grass.

"I feel really privileged that I've been chosen," she said. "Honestly I still feel like I need to figure out grass.

"Last year for sure, it was that kind of tournament where I didn't know what to expect. Then match by match I realised maybe I can do more and more.

"I didn't have a lot of time to prepare. But I'm just trying to stay open-minded and kind of take positives from the situation and realise that I can play without any expectations."

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