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It Now Feels ‘More Normal’, Iga Swiatek Says Of World No. 1 Spot

Iga Swiatek has at last found comfort in her position as the top female tennis player in the world.

In place of the defending champion Ash Barty, who unexpectedly announced her retirement in March, the Polish No. 1 seed will begin play for the Ladies’ Single on Centre Court.

Swiatek received the top spot as a result, and he has since stopped feeling like a fraud and started feeling unstoppable.

The 21-year-old has won 35 games without dropping a set, including a convincing victory at the French Open last month.

‘I’m just proud of myself that I was able to cope well with all the expectations and the pressure after becoming NO.1.

‘I was No 2 for, like, five days. It wasn’t planned!

‘Now it feels more normal. When I’m saying that out loud, it still feels surreal, but when I’m living my life day by day, I’ve got used to it.’

She would surpass Venus Williams and set the record for the longest unbeaten streak in the twenty-first century if she wins on Tuesday against Croatian qualifier Jana Fett.

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She is therefore the overwhelming favorite to win Wimbledon in addition to her two French Open crowns. The modest 2018 junior champion is also aware that last year’s journey to the fourth round of the All England Championships was her best All England showing as a senior pro.

‘Honestly, I still feel like I need to figure out grass. Last year I didn’t know what to expect, then match by match I realised maybe I can do more and more.

‘This year I only played 10 days on grass, so it’s not a lot. I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare.

‘I’m just trying to stay open-minded and kind of take positives from the situation and realize that I can play without any expectations.

‘I have had so much successes this season that I don’t have to show everybody that I need to play well in every tournament. It’s tennis – we have ups and downs.’

After Roland Garros, Swiatek took a week off to recover from the exhaustion and adrenaline high, but she ultimately cleaned her Polish home to unwind.

After being paired in the same side of the draw as Serena Williams, she may face Williams in the semifinals if she continues where she left off in Paris.

Williams, 40, hasn’t played since suffering an injury in the opening round here last year, but the seven-time champion is still feared.

Last week, the current and former No. 1s practiced on Centre Court together, and a shy Swiatek admitted, smiling, “I was overwhelmed.”

‘I have never played her. I didn’t know how to react perfectly. I wanted to meet her.

‘Just seeing her around is great because she’s such a legend. There’s nobody that has done so much in tennis.’

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Iga Swiatek has at last found comfort in her position as the top female tennis player in the world.

In place of the defending champion Ash Barty, who unexpectedly announced her retirement in March, the Polish No. 1 seed will begin play for the Ladies’ Single on Centre Court.

Swiatek received the top spot as a result, and he has since stopped feeling like a fraud and started feeling unstoppable.

The 21-year-old has won 35 games without dropping a set, including a convincing victory at the French Open last month.

‘I’m just proud of myself that I was able to cope well with all the expectations and the pressure after becoming NO.1.

‘I was No 2 for, like, five days. It wasn’t planned!

‘Now it feels more normal. When I’m saying that out loud, it still feels surreal, but when I’m living my life day by day, I’ve got used to it.’

She would surpass Venus Williams and set the record for the longest unbeaten streak in the twenty-first century if she wins on Tuesday against Croatian qualifier Jana Fett.

READ MORE: Barcelona To Submit Final Offer For Robert Lewandowski

She is therefore the overwhelming favorite to win Wimbledon in addition to her two French Open crowns. The modest 2018 junior champion is also aware that last year’s journey to the fourth round of the All England Championships was her best All England showing as a senior pro.

‘Honestly, I still feel like I need to figure out grass. Last year I didn’t know what to expect, then match by match I realised maybe I can do more and more.

‘This year I only played 10 days on grass, so it’s not a lot. I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare.

‘I’m just trying to stay open-minded and kind of take positives from the situation and realize that I can play without any expectations.

‘I have had so much successes this season that I don’t have to show everybody that I need to play well in every tournament. It’s tennis – we have ups and downs.’

After Roland Garros, Swiatek took a week off to recover from the exhaustion and adrenaline high, but she ultimately cleaned her Polish home to unwind.

After being paired in the same side of the draw as Serena Williams, she may face Williams in the semifinals if she continues where she left off in Paris.

Williams, 40, hasn’t played since suffering an injury in the opening round here last year, but the seven-time champion is still feared.

Last week, the current and former No. 1s practiced on Centre Court together, and a shy Swiatek admitted, smiling, “I was overwhelmed.”

‘I have never played her. I didn’t know how to react perfectly. I wanted to meet her.

‘Just seeing her around is great because she’s such a legend. There’s nobody that has done so much in tennis.’

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