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Iga Świątek must be very tense.  A classy competitor on the road

Iga Świątek must be very tense. A classy competitor on the road

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Jelena Ostapenko is four years older than our tennis player. Interestingly enough, they both won the Rolland Garros Grand Slam Championship. The Latvian took France’s win in 2017, and the Pole won there three years later.

The 24-year-old promised as a teen to be a good player. In 2014, she won the Wimbledon Junior Championships and took the bronze medal in doubles at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing.

A year later, she reached her first-ever WTA final in Quebec. But then she had to admit the superiority of Annika Beck. 2017 was her best year yet. She then dramatically won the French Open, reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon and reached the third round at the US Open and Australian Open. At one point, she was ranked 5th in the WTA rankings, her best career result. Ultimately, the season finished in seventh place.

A year later, her best achievement was the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the final of the tournament in Miami. I met Świątek for the first time on June 18, 2019 in Birmingham. The then Polish woman was the favorite in the match, but the Latvian girl gave her a good tennis lesson. And the whole match lasted 52 minutes, winning by 6:0, 6:2.

On October 12 last year, the ladies stood on the other side of the net during the struggle in Indian Wells. At that time, Iga was also considered the favorite, but the Latvian player won promotion to the quarter-finals, winning 6:4, 6:3.

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