Iga Swiatek insists she is “not going to care” about the top French Open title favorite label. Swiatek, 21, became a Grand Slam champion at the 2020 French Open and last year won her second title at Roland Garros. Swiatek is widely considered the best clay-court player in the game and many have her as the absolute favorite for the 2023 French Open title favorite.
Last year, Swiatek arrived in Paris without a match lost on clay and she was facing all of the possible pressure and expectations to deliver at the French Open. “I don’t think I’m going to care about that. I don’t want to think about how people view this sort of stuff.
It’s pretty easy for me to cut off all the social media or media and try to focus on my job of playing tennis. But it’s never easy and sometimes there are ups and downs. Last year I was able to cut it off and play my game. I’ve enjoyed playing on clay so hopefully I can focus on that,” Swiatek told Eurosport.
Swiatek feels she is ‘on the right path’
Swiatek didn’t look like her usual self at the Australian Open and later admitted that she crumbled under enormous pressure and expectations that were placed on her. But since returning to action in February, Swiatek has been looking better.
So far this clay season, Swiatek won Stuttgart and finished as runner-up in Madrid. “The season is long, so I’m not always expecting to be on that right path. I am aware that we are living a stressful life and there are going to be struggles.
But at the beginning of the year, it was a little bit tougher than usual and I managed to work on that and to get through it. When I came to the Middle East to Dubai, I found my rhythm a little bit and I managed to keep that.
Hopefully it’s going to last long enough; I’m keeping it pretty simple and will take it step by step,” Swiatek said.