Iga Swiatek

The 19 year old, Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek beat Sofia Kenin on Saturday’s final to become the lowest ranked women’s champion at Roland Garros.

“Basically I was in shock for the next three days,” Swiatek told BBC Sport in a short time after her return to Poland.

“I couldn’t tell you my emotions, because even I don’t understand them. I feel like I kind of made history”

She go on to say: “It’s pretty crazy here. I feel like my life changed completely and I’m trying to get used to that. I left a different Poland that I came back to, because right now I’m kind of popular here.

“I’m doing pretty well, but if I’m going to have any problems, then Naomi (Osaka) texted me that I can always ask her for advice or for support.

“We had a quick chat on social media right after the final. I feel like I am supported, so it is great.”

“I always wanted to win all four Grand Slams and to have an Olympic medal, and I always thought of it as a dream,” Swiatek said.

“But right now, when I actually won French Open, it stopped like being so distant for me.”

Swiatek paid tribute to her youthful coaching team, whom she describes as a “second family”, and to her travelling sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz.

“I know that if I have tough times, and it’s the middle of the night, I can always call her and she’s going to pick up'” she said.


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