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Iga Swiatek is the number one in the world, as has been the case ever since Ash Barty announced her retirement. But while she took the number one spot as a formality initially, she has certainly owned her new role at the top of the three. At the time of writing, Swiatek is enjoying a 23-match win streak. This is even better than her idol, Rafael Nadal. So needless to say, the form that she is displaying right now is incredible.
Looking back at her recent results, Swiatek has won the last four tournaments that she has competed in. This includes Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, and recently, Stuttgart. Undoubtedly, she is the player to beat right now on the WTA Tour. So for that reason, I wanted to run through her realistic chances of winning the 2022 French Open right here.
Can Swiatek Win Her Second Roland Garros This Year?
Although three out of her last four tournament wins have been on hard court, Swiatek is still a player who prefers hard court, at least in my opinion. And given the way that she is competing right now, I really do believe that she can win another French Open title this year. Here’s why:
Already Won the French in 2020
Who could forget Swiatek’s maiden Grand Slam title in 2020? As a teenager, she absolutely blitzed everyone in the field to win her first Grand Slam. Of course, such an achievement immediately put her on the radar as a major force on the WTA Tour. And since she has managed to win this tournament already, it would take a brave pundit to bet against her doing it again – especially with the way that her 2022 season is going.
She Is Dismantling Top Players Right Now
Here is something that is particularly important for her chances of winning Roland Garros this year. Not only does Swiatek have a streak of 23 wins right now, but the wins that she is claiming are just breathtaking. She’s not just scraping past the world’s best players on the WTA Tour – she is absolutely destroying them. In the recent Stuttgart final, she played Sabalenka who is 4th in the world rankings. The result was 6-2 6-2 in just over one hour and 20 minutes.
Prior to that, in the finals of the Miami Masters, she played Naomi Osaka. Again, she dismantled her opponent by a score of 6-4 6-0 in less than one hour and 20 minutes. And in the Indian Wells final, she beat the 5th best player in the world, Maria Sakkari, 6-4 6-1. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea!
Her Game Style for Clay
I feel it’s important to note that Swiatek has managed to put this streak together mainly on hard courts. This isn’t even her favorite surface. So as we are now into the clay-court swing, one can only assume that the streak will continue. As for her style for clay, she hits heavy and hard, especially on the forehand. But she’s also one of the few players that has the variety and skill set to loop the ball up, play drop shots at the right times, and she has a decent slice too!