All good things come to an end, as they say. In the midst of a streak of 35 victories and 6 consecutive titles, Iga Swiatek arrives at Wimbledon fully aware that he can cut his hair at the finish line.
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Every tennis player knows his strengths and weaknesses. This also applies to the best player in the world. For Iga Swiatek, clay is a refuge. The lawn is still to be tamed.
From her style of play, it is obvious that the field does not necessarily favor the Pole. Her serve is not the strongest, she is naturally inclined to move along the baseline and the spin that made her so successful on clay has less grip on grass. She still remains the most talented player on the planet and no doubt she will be able to adapt to have another good tournament.
However, she has shown in the past that although she is particularly fond of Wimbledon, she does not like turf.
Since the beginning of her career, the 21-year-old has only played 8 games on grass. She only won 50% of those games. Furthermore, she has not participated in any preparatory tournaments for the biggest tournament of the season.
He has a record of three wins and two losses at the All England Club. He has never made it through the fourth round in two tournament appearances.
However, Swiatek sees this situation as an opportunity to create a surprise. This week he told the media that “weed is always special”. “I have no expectations and I like that. It is also a bit refreshing. ”
At the same time, with what has been shown since the beginning of the season, and particularly in the last few months, nothing is impossible.
With a record of 44 wins and only 3 defeats since January, we would be in bad faith if we underestimated the Pole.
With titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and Paris, he made history. She is one win from beating Venus Williams for the most winning streak since 2000. If that happens, her next goal would be to join Martina Navratilova in her 10th winning streak with 41 in 1982.
For the curious, the definitive record was also set by Navratilova, when she won 74 straight games in 1984.
Ons Jabeur is the turn
Around this time last year, Ons Jabeur was stationed at 24And world ranking. At 27 she is currently at the peak of her career.
The Tunisian is the third player in the world and arrives at the All England Club under the pressure of being the one who could put an end to Swiatek’s streak. She could not only achieve this, but also win the tournament.
He has a career record of 21 wins and 10 losses on grass and a record of 8 wins and 6 losses at Wimbledon.
By comparison, for Canadian tennis fans, Jabeur has a similar style to Bianca Andreescu. She was combative, powerful and versatile, she knows how to play all the shots and give a hard time to anyone. The Wimbledon surface should favor him.
It was in this tournament, last year, that she was born. She had eliminated Venus Williams, former champion Garbiñe Muguruza and Swiatek, before losing to Aryna Sabalenka in the quarter-finals.
This season, Jabeur is all on. Obviously Swiatek gets all the attention, but the Tunisian is discreetly making her way.
He won the title in Madrid in May, as well as reaching the final in Charleston and Rome, on clay.
On the grass he won the first tournament he participated in, in Berlin, last week.
Appreciated by all the players on the circuit, she is a prominent ambassador and a pioneer for the Arab world. Jabeur constantly pushes the limits. She is the oldest player of the top 5, but paradoxically, it constantly progresses. It has very few equals at the moment. This edition of Wimbledon could be him.