French Open: Iga Swiatek wishes to emulate Ashleigh Barty – I respect her for how much class she has


Back in March, Ashleigh Barty retired from professional tennis at the age of 25 after winning four Grand Slam titles.

Ashleigh Barty. Courtesy: Reuters

Ashleigh Barty. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Back in March, Barty retired from professional tennis
  • Iga Swiatek is the current World No.1 after Barty’s retirement
  • Swiatek is currently playing in the French Open 2022

World No.1 Iga Swiatek said that she has interacted with former tennis star Ashleigh Barty and taken advice from her on various issues. Back in March, Barty bid adieu to tennis at the age of 25 while she was the top-ranked player in the world. She decided to bow out on a high after winning the French Open (2019), Wimbledon (2020) and Australian Open (2022) in the women’s singles.

Barty also won the doubles title at the US Open back in 2018. Swiatek said that she has found it easier to talk to Barty since the latter isn’t her competitor anymore. After Barty retired, the 20-year-old Swiatek was crowned as the World No.1.

I RESPECT HER

“Since becoming the world number one I haven’t felt the need to speak to more experienced players about how to deal with the added responsibilities,” Swiatek wrote in her column for BBC Sport

“For now I feel I have been doing fine but if I have some problems I would reach out to some players. I have the feeling I could get support from some of the players, but on the other hand it is also tough asking your competitors that sort of thing,” she stated.

“Ashleigh Barty, who I replaced as world number one when she retired in March, is the one who would honestly say what she feels, what she thinks and how she dealt with those things.

“Ash is also perfect to give advice because she isn’t my competitor any more, of course! She has always been really helpful and really supportive.

“I respect her for how much class she has, and I hope to carry myself as the world number one in the same way as she did,” she added.

Back in April, Swiatek said that she was “crying for 40 minutes” after Barty decided to call it a day from tennis.

Swiatek is currently taking part in the French Open 2022 where she has already qualified for the third round. The woman prodigy is currently on a 30-match winning streak and is one of the favourites to win the title at Roland Garros.



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