“I don’t know, it’s just overwhelming for me,” Swiatek said after her victory on Court Philippe-Chatrier. “It’s crazy. Two years ago I won a junior Grand Slam and right now I’m here. It feels like such a short time - I’m just overwhelmed.”
Swiatek ran the table in Paris, dropping just 28 games to become the first player since Justine Henin to claim the Roland-Garos singles title without dropping a set.
Ranked 54, Swiatek becomes the second unseeded women’s singles champion in Roland-Garros history, and the lowest-ranked to hoist the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen (since the rankings were introduced in 1975).
“I'm just proud of myself,” Swiatek said. “I've done a great job in the past two weeks. I wasn't expecting to win this trophy. It's obviously amazing for me. It's a life-changing experience.”
She may have made her seven victories look easy but there were mental hurdles to clear for the precocious teenager.
Swiatek had to dial down her expectations after a disappointing stretch at the US Open, but after some purposeful soul-searching with her team, comprised of coach Piotr Sierzputowski and sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz, she was able to ratchet down the pressure and strike the perfect competitive balance all week in Paris, and especially in her first Grand Slam final.