World Number One Iga Swiatek is Confident of Defending French Open Title Despite Thigh Injury
In a recent development, World number one tennis player Iga Swiatek expressed her optimism about defending the French Open title despite suffering from a thigh injury. The 21-year-old was forced to retire from her Italian Open quarter-final match against Elena Rybakina due to the issue on Wednesday.
However, when asked about the injury and its possible impact on her performance in the upcoming tournament, she said: “We did an examination with the physio afterwards. It shouldn’t be anything serious, so I’m pretty positive that I’ll be back soon.”
The Polish star has been in great form lately but had to withdraw during her game against Kazakhstan’s Rybakina after needing treatment before retiring at 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 2-2 — breaking her winning streak of Rome’s previous two Italian Opens.
Swiatek looked devastated as she left the court for a medical timeout during the second-set tie-break and returned with strapping on her right thigh.
“For sure, I feel tired,” she further added while speaking to reporters. “I think it was the right decision to stop playing because I felt pain when stretching or doing harder movements.”
A Difficult Schedule
The three-time major winner also spoke out about how grueling it has been for players recently due to their tight schedules between tournaments.
“It wasn’t really able to recover with that tight schedule that we have on WTA,” says Swiatek. She explained how important it is for players not only to practice hard but also play safe by not exploiting their body too much under difficult conditions.
Eager to Defend Title
The French Open at Roland Garros is set to begin on 28 May, and Swiatek seems eager to defend her title. In a social media post on Thursday, she wrote: “A couple of days off for sure. And booking my flight to Paris, so fingers crossed, please.”
Swiatek’s fans are excited about the prospect of seeing her play at Roland Garros again this year.
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