Iga Swiatek became the first Polish woman to reach the finals at Roland Garros in the open era. In the semifinals, the 19-years-old bested the qualifier Nadia Podoroska in the straights on Thursday. She will face the Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin for her maiden Grand Slam.
After a comfortable win against Argentine, Iga Swiatek said, “I’m kind of surprised! I never thought before the tournament I would play so well. But I always knew that if I were going to make a final of a Grand Slam, it would be the French Open.”
World No.53 continued, “This is what I planned to move. I wanted to play this match as if it was the first round. I didn’t want to think about being in the semifinal because it would stress me. I just kept being aggressive, like in the previous matches. I’m feeling lucky that I’m feeling good and nothing hurts.”
“He(Rafa) Was The Only Player I Watched When I Was Younger”: Iga Swiatek
While Spaniard has two-match away from his 13th title, Rafa’s fan is one step closer to win her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.
Also, Swiatek answered a question over Rafael Nadal during the quarterfinal match interview. She expressed, “Actually, I watched, I don’t know, 20 minutes, but we didn’t have time because we need to rest. Yeah, he’s my favorite player. He was the only player I watched when I was younger.”
Additionally, Iga Swiatek added, “Yeah, I really like him, yeah, I just wish him the best, and I hope he’s going to get another French Open this year.”
Whereas Nadal’s semifinal match will take place on Friday, Iga Swiatek’s final will be on Saturday at Philippe-Chatrier