2020 Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek on Saturday offered guidance US Open champion Emma Raducanu, with the Pole advising her fellow teenaged Grand Slam winner that her life has changed forever,
Swiatek won Roland Garros in October, 2020, claiming the trophy at age 19. The WTA No. 8 said that getting adjusted to an entirely new lifestyle and reputation on the Tour is a tough ask – but it can be done successfully.
Swiatek takes top seeding at next week’s WTA hardcourt in Ostrava, Czech Republic. She said the key to making the transition into the WTA elite is having good advice and preparing for the change in expectations.
“After Roland Garros, life changed completely,” she said. “Emma will have a similar situation. It may even be harder for her, as I had a year on the Tour before I won.”
Swiatek has gone on to claim trophies this season in Adelaide and on the clay of Rome,
“I hope she can settle into her new reality, It can be hard, you need good people to guide you. I needed a few months after Roland Garros to calm down – I could barely sleep at night – and understand what has happened.
“I’m happy for her, what she did was great,” the Pole said of the 18-year-old Raducanu’s run from qualifier to champion in three weeks.
“I hope she now has some time to rest, after winning a Grand Slam we have so many obligations,, you need to make some time for yourself.”
Swiatek advised No., 23 Raducanu against constantly checking the weekly rankings, instead simply concentrating on tennis goals.
“I started comparing myself to other players – that was a mistake, But with our year based on rankings and seedings, it’s hard not to.
“I had to remember my own motivations, not the ranking or the points.”
Swiatek said the mindset of escaping from underdog mental status is difficult to achieve.
“I’m not playing as an underdog now, but I’m still trying to learn this,”