Swiatek’s increased focus on her tennis is paying dividends at Roland-Garros, where she marched into the second week without the loss of a single set.
She brushed aside Marketa Vondrousova, last year’s finalist from the Czech Republic, in her opening round, followed by the crafty Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese Taipei in the second round, and former semi-finalist Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the third round.
Swiatek has dropped just 13 games through three matches and is averaging 26 winners per round.
Just like in 2019, Halep awaits in the fourth round in Paris. Even though Swiatek only won one game against the Romanian 2018 champion last year, she now looks back on that encounter as a valuable experience.
“With the match against Simona, which lasted like 40 minutes, I learned even then new things,” she said. “For example, I didn’t even know that I was so stressed playing...then after I lost, I was pretty mad that I couldn’t show my best tennis, but I realised that it was just stress, and that I can work through it.”