Time to relax, says mentally exhausted Swiatek

PARIS: From his title at Roland Garros to his race for the quarter-finals here on Wednesday, Iga Swiatek (Photo) has had a hectic eight months and now is the time for the 20-year-old to unwind.

The Polish, who burst into the limelight when she lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup as a teenager without losing a set last October, is feeling the tension of playing professional tennis.

She was eliminated in the last eight by Greece’s Maria Sakkari, 6-4 6-4, after being unable to adjust her tactics while also suffering from a thigh problem.

“When I was on the court, I felt it totally differently. Like I said, I couldn’t even sleep well yesterday. I slept like a few hours, ”said Swiatek, eighth seed at Roland Garros.

“I think I felt everything twice as much as I should. It was difficult to rationally see what was going on. “

Her next big goal will be the Tokyo Olympics, and she doesn’t have much hope for the grass season, which peaks at Wimbledon from June 28 to July 11.

“I don’t know if I even remember how to play on grass, so we’ll see how it goes. I don’t put any expectations or pressure on myself because I really want to learn how to play it, ”she said.

“Of course, we are going to prepare more for the Olympics, and my next top will probably be the Olympics.”

Until Tokyo, Swiatek said she was not going to view tennis as a profession so the pressure wouldn’t be too much on her.

Mental health has been at the center of tennis debates since Japan’s Naomi Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros after the first round, revealing she had suffered from depression for nearly three years.

“I had a pretty intense season. I have played a lot of tournaments, more than in my previous seasons. I’m happy with the results I got, but I’m also constantly at work, ”explained Swiatek.

“Of course we’re going to try to relax, relax a bit, calm down, so find some perspective. Basically when I close my eyes I only see tennis courts and balls, so it’s pretty tiring. “

Add a Comment