There aren’t many runs to a major title which are flawless throughout. Not many players win a major without dropping a set en-route to being crowned champion but a teenager who had never been passed the fourth round of a Grand Slam has done that.
Winning a Grand Slam is about having the confidence, temperament, game and consistency but this consistency from Iga Swiatek was unthinkable.
8 hours and 24 minutes to win seven matches averaging 1 hour 5 minutes a match.
6-1 6-2, 6-1 6-4, 6-3 6-2, 6-1 6-2, 6-3 6-1, 6-2 6-1, 6-4 6-1
There was only one match the 19 year old didn’t hand out a bagel and that was to Eugenie Bouchard.
It was a tricky run, inform players in Trevisan and Podoroska, Halep and Vondrousova are very good clay court players who have excelled in Paris, Kenin is a major champion, Bouchard had been in good form and Hsieh Su-Wei is a very tricky player on any surface.
What I love is this throwback with Iga at a FedCup event as a kid playing with Hsieh and Vinci.
We’ve spoken a lot about the run of Iga but now the game and in particular that forehand…
The dismantling of opponents was stunning to watch from the teenager, it was relentless and consistently effective it was playstation tennis.
The forehand created opportunities and took them away from her opponents. The angles, height and change of pace was simply outstanding.
The yellow box is where Iga does most of her trouble, the flat forehand cross court and down the line with the power she possess is impressive but it’s the loop on the forehand which for me is the most dangerous because its Iga producing a plan on the court.
It is such a clever shot to pull the opponent around open up the court to play the rally the way she wants to. The height on the ball was at times more dangerous than the flat shot as it would immediately force you to defend.
This was a similar story on the backhand, a stat went around about Iga hitting her backhand as hard as Thiem but it was the pushed backhand up the line which was soo impressive.
It wasn’t full of power but it was a player with a pan. Iga sometimes explored going cross-court and flat but chose her time wisely to go for that curved one up the line and work the point whether it was coming to the net or covering the baseline with her forehand.
This level of tennis was non-stop from the teenager, throughout her 504 minutes on court in the singles she rarely let her level drop. 28 games dropped across seven matches is quite phenomenal and only something a handle of players have done winning a title at Roland Garros.
I believe the record stands at 20 with Steffi Graff and Serena dropped 29 in 2013.