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Roland-Garros: why title holder Iga Swiatek is not another shooting star

Women’s tennis is rich in champions who have failed to consolidate their first successes. Can Iga Swiatek settle permanently at the top?

On October 9, recalling the sensation Gustavo Kuerten in 1997, Iga Swiatek completed a dream tournament (no set lost) by dominating the American Sofia Kenin in the Roland-Garros final. The smiling whirlwind won a first title on the circuit (on the occasion of its fifth major tournament) and offered Poland a first Grand Slam coronation. A real fairy tale. The one who will celebrate her 20th birthday this Monday quickly understood that nothing would be the same anymore … “My life has changed. The feeling that there are more eyes on me, more obligations.

From the Australian Open, last February, she said: “I always imagined that when I won a Grand Slam, I was just going to enjoy it for the rest of my life, that there would be rainbows everywhere, I would kind of be at peace with myself- even because I would have already won a Grand Slam and achieved my goal. The truth is, human beings are like that: they always want more. I sense expectations.

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