Journalist Iga Suatek was asked about her choice of make-up after she left

The winning streak of Iga Sweettech seems to make sense, he said, attracting all the attention as it grows, all the pressure to keep it going, especially with a Grand Slam title.

The better his forehand, the more efficient the initial reflex of his hit-the-ball, the better his survey continued to be, above all, ignoring all the statistics, the way Swatech needed to stop the noise. Find information, and ways to focus – match to match, set to set, game to game, point to point, shot to shot.

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During the French Open, he fell off the court (Alexandre Dumas had a choice in “The Three Musketeers”) and sang on his head on the court (a prayer song he called “criminal joy”). After all, he allowed his game to rule the day. Thanks to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over 18-year-old American Coco Goff in Saturday’s final, top-seeded Sweettech took off Roland Garros for its second championship – and 35 matches without a loss.

“It simply came to our notice then. It’s not easy to deal with all these different environments and pressures, “said the 21-year-old Suatek after adding the trophy to the trophy he won in Paris in 2020, when he was out of the top 50. “For me, I felt the luggage. The hardest part is not letting yourself think about it and analyzing too much and not letting yourself think about all the numbers and the odds. “

Oh yes. Number. They are impressive.

Swiatek has won its last six tournaments. He has won 56 of his last 58 sets. He is 42-3 this season. He won 16 sets at 6-0. And her unbeaten streak is better than the best Serena Williams ever, 34, and the longest of this century (Williams’ older sister, Venus, scored a 35-match run in 2000).

“Doing more than just Serena,” says Suatek, “is something special.”

Swattek has emerged as an influential figure in tennis, keeping 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena out of action for almost a year, and three-time major champion Ash Barty announcing in March that he would retire at the age of 25 and relinquish the No. 1 ranking. .

This allows Swiatek to go to the top of the WTA and show that he is a worthy resident there.

“He did a great job of taking the stressful moments and really getting up to the occasion. And today he is up to the occasion,” said 18th-seeded Gough, who was in his first Grand Slam final and did not drop a single set in the tournament. “I do it too, but Today, he was on another level. “

Goff is now 0-3 against Suatech.

“The last few months have been really amazing and you totally deserve it,” Goff told Svatek, then adding with a laugh: “Hopefully we can play each other in more finals, and maybe this day I can give you a win.”

On the warmest day of the tournament, with a temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 Celsius), initially only a few puffs of white in the blue sky turned into dense, gray clouds in the second set, accompanied by a thunderstorm. The match ended after 1 hour and 6 minutes before it started raining.

The best of Goff’s start was not found: it was 4-0 in an instant.

With the help of Goff, Sweetech broke the serve after Goff, who put a forehand into the net, double-fault – let out a few sighs “Auuuuuuuu” from the crowd – threw one forehand into the net and pushed the other. The forehand is long.

Not in all cases, of course, but often, Roland Garros viewers tend to support an underdog or any player who is behind – both apply to Goff. So “Alej, Coco!” There was the sound of shouting. One man shouted, “Coco, you can do it!” His mantra-ready, two-letter first name had repeated shouts.

Things seem to be moving away from him, with Gough slapping his thighs or covering his eyes, shaking his head or staring at his parents in the stands.

He never faltered or admitted anything he did not do.

Goff started the second set by breaking the Switek for the only time and then went ahead 2-0. Could this transform into closer competition? Can Goff push Swatech into the third set?

No. Sweettech quickly recovers and reasserts himself, retreating for 2-All because Goff’s tendency to err returns. In the end, Goff had more unforced errors, 23-16, and fewer winners: 14 for him, 18 for Swiatek.

Also the key to Swiatek’s presence, and the rapidly growing aura, is his calmness on the court. He traveled with a sports psychologist, who was in Sweettech’s guest box on Saturday and worked on various elements of his professional and personal life.

This includes maintaining focus and prioritization, such as the determination to win the Grand Slam title in this whole business, he is still so new that he decided not to take part in the Champions League soccer final in Paris last weekend. , Nadal did something.

Maybe a few years down the road, Swiatek guesses, a night out could be a welcome distraction. For now, Suatek says, he felt he needed to focus on tennis.

Why mess with success?

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