“I think what motivates me in finding a new way is that I know that my rivals are doing the same thing for me,” said de Groot after her third Roland-Garros title triumph.
“I know that they are trying to keep improving themselves to basically chase me or beat me, and I have to do the same in order to stay on top.
“I can't sit still, because that's when they pass me. Yeah, I need to keep working.”
Just like the all-time greats, de Groot has compiled her own mesmerising winning streak, posting her 41st straight tour-level victory on Saturday. The world No.1 hasn’t lost a match since falling to Kamiji at the Melbourne Open in January 2021.
“I think what makes me a good player is that I'm very versatile. There is a lot of things about my game that are good. I don't just have a really good forehand or I'm not just really fast, I think I try to put it all together into one player that I am today,” explained the 25-year-old.
“Obviously just trying to keep improving on that. Then just keep going.”