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  • Iga Świątek

    She just became the first ever Polish Grand Slam champion. Aged 19, ranked 54. in the world before the tournament, with a prior career high of 48. Today's final, at 1h 24min, was her longest match of the tournament - she won all in straight sets, with an average of 1:12 per match. Did I mention I really love her both as a person and a player? Self-confident, but humble and grounded. A big hitter, but also capable of non-standard plays. Intelligent and fun as well. And the way she bounced from a humiliating loss to Halep in 45 mins at the same same tournament a year ago to a very decisive win over her this time is just the best story ever. Here's hoping this is the first of many major wins of her career.
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

  • #2
    For the second time in four years, someone I had never heard of won the French Open. Actually, I had heard of Swiatek, when she beat Halep.I even saw a few games of their match. One intriguing fact about her is she is traveling with a sports psychologist.

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    • #3
      I think the psychologist, Daria Abramowicz, deserves major credit for Iga's success. I remember her matches from last year; you could tell she was a major talent, but she just couldn't get it all together. Her game against Halep in Paris 2019 , when she played on the central court in the Grand Slam for the first time, was just painful to watch. She matured incredibly quickly, given her first match on the WTA Tour happened in January last year. The other remarkable thing is how young her team is. Her coach is just 28, the psychologist turned 33 on the day of the final. Neither of them had prior experience at anything like that level.
      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Powell View Post
        She just became the first ever Polish Grand Slam champion. Aged 19, ranked 54. in the world before the tournament, with a prior career high of 48. Today's final, at 1h 24min, was her longest match of the tournament - she won all in straight sets, with an average of 1:12 per match. Did I mention I really love her both as a person and a player? Self-confident, but humble and grounded. A big hitter, but also capable of non-standard plays. Intelligent and fun as well. And the way she bounced from a humiliating loss to Halep in 45 mins at the same same tournament a year ago to a very decisive win over her this time is just the best story ever. Here's hoping this is the first of many major wins of her career.
        Just tremendous. What a game she already has. I always thought Radwanska would win a Major but that never happened.

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        • #5
          Only 2 words today - Rafael Nadal

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          • #6
            My wife always asks me why I like Rafa so much, claiming I have a bromance with him, which is probably true. I like him because:

            1) he's an incredible gentleman and perfect sportsman at all times. He is always gracious - win or lose
            2) he's an unbelievable champion - up there with Federer (and Djokovic and Sampras and Laver)
            3) when I watch him play I think of the scene in Rocky 4 when Adrian didn't want Rocky to go to Russia, telling him he couldn't beat Ivan Drago. He said, "I'm willing to die to win this match. I don't know if he is."
            4) along those lines at the 2019 US Open, during some down time, Cliff Drysdale and the McEnroe brothers were filling and talking about the Big 3 and who was the greatest. The consensus was that it was Federer. But then Drysdale asked, "Who would you pick - to play one match, with your life on the line?" The answers came back immediately - "Nadal, Nadal, Nadal"

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            • #7
              This is exactly what Nadal said during his victory interview -

              "I want to send a message to everyone in the world. We are facing one of the worst moments ever... keep fighting. We will get through this."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
                1) he's an incredible gentleman and perfect sportsman at all times. He is always gracious - win or lose
                Enjoy!

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPX0XiThhMQ


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                • #9
                  We were looking forward to seeing Swiatek in qualifying this year at Indian Wells - her ranking in January (when the cutoff line occurred) was barely too low to get into the regular draw, and the tournament didn't give her a wild card. Unfortunately, the tournament was cancelled, so we'll have to wait for another time (probably 2022).

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