Current world No. 1 Iga Swiatek is one of Wimbledon’s strongest contenders, but she admitted she still wasn’t completely comfortable playing on grass.
Four years ago, the Polish star won the Wimbledon junior title and since then she hasn’t looked back. The 20-year-old already has two Roland-Garros titles to her name. Additionally, she is currently on a 35-fight winning streak and has won six titles.
However, the victories have come on clay and hard courts and Wimbledon on the lawns of the All England Club will present Swiatek with a whole new challenge.
“Honestly, I always feel like I need to understand the grass. Last year, of course, was that kind of tournament where I didn’t know what to expect,” said Swiatek to reporters on Saturday, June 25. .
“Then game after game I realized maybe I could do more and more. Again this year I only played 10 days on grass so it’s not a lot. I didn’t didn’t have much time to prepare.
“But I just try to stay open-minded and take positive things out of the situation and realize that I can play without any expectations,” she said.
Swiatek, who reached the fourth round in 2021, is set to start her campaign against Croatian qualifier Jana Fett, ranked 254th in the world.
This match will take place on center court on Tuesday, June 28. The venue is the defending champion’s traditional slot.
“We didn’t really ask for that. I know there have been discussions about who should open, and I feel really privileged to have been chosen,” Swiatek said.
“There are a lot of players here who have won Wimbledon… It’s a good thing for me. I didn’t expect that because I only reached the fourth round last year and that’s my best result.
“I hope it will be a good show.”