Internazionali d’Italia, the Swiatek queen of the land is chasing an encore

The Pole defends the title she won in 2021. She knows how to control stress with construction and listens to the advice of the American skier

Regina returns to Rome twice. With the 2021 women’s title to defend and with the crown of number 1 in the world. And if it is true that the primacy in the female ranking was facilitated by Ashleigh Barty’s premature retirement from the stage, it is also true that the Pole is, according to all her colleagues, the best heiress to the throne. A Slam already in his pocket, the Roland Garros of autumn 2020 in the midst of a pandemic, which Iga has been crushing successes since the beginning of the year. Four titles since the beginning of 2022, including the Indian Wells and Miami Sunshine Double and the Stuttgart tournament. She stopped to rest her body that was beginning to wear out by choosing not to play the Madrid tournament. A problem in the right shoulder that would have risked worsening and making it impossible for her to be present in Rome, the best opportunity to prepare for Roland Garros. Her relationship with the Foro Italico is excellent, in love with the city, with the people, with the public that will finally fill the stands again, Iga begins to savor her return as current champion for a few days now, applauded during training sessions in the Roman fields. The champion will debut directly against the winner of the American derby between Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske, and she could challenge in the second round the former number 1, the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, finalist in Rome in 2013.

the psychic aspect

Iga who reads, studies and loves jazz is undoubtedly an atypical champion. You, after Roland Garros, have already lived your difficult moment, letting yourself be overwhelmed by the pressure. She began to work even more intensely on the mental aspect thanks to the help of the psychologist Daria Abramowicz, who taught her to “forgive herself” when things are not going well: “Daria taught me that the simplest remedy is not to analyze too much “. things, but focus on the legs, keep them low, which is a basic principle of tennis, but it works. Sometimes you have to keep your mind busy and do the simplest things.” Like playing with Legos or doing sudoku. Much less the same method as Mikaela Shiffrin, the champion downhill skier she has recently become great friends with and with whom he usually exchanges compliments on social networks.

eyes on

Now he is back in the red powder that he loves so much and where he hopes to repeat the Slam triumph looking at his great idol Nadal. Meanwhile, she enjoys her primacy, the first Polish woman in history to achieve it: “I am happy because all the colleagues have had very nice words with me,” she said after the coronation. Now I realize that they are looking at me with a little more attention. I’m not sure if this is positive or not, but I enjoyed receiving his compliments and closeness.” Slam’s Naomi Osaka already won four, then she had a mental breakdown that made her doubt if she would ever play tennis again. Now that she is back in full swing, the Japanese girl looks admiringly at the young queen: “She is really a great inspiration to us,” she said, “and I think what she is doing is extraordinary.” Applause also from Tunisian Ons Jabeur: “Hopefully I can reach his level sooner or later -said the top 10-. I don’t know exactly what he is doing to achieve these results, but whatever he is, he is sure to be on the right track”. address”.

polish pride

Certainly sincere the praise he received from Hubert Hurkacz, the other tennis player who is making Poland proud of the racket: “It’s good to meet sometimes in tournaments, even if we never have too much time to tell each other – the number 14 told the world.- Know That the number 1 in the world of tennis comes from my country is a great push to always give my best. She is a very fun player to watch and she has worked very hard to get here. It would be nice to celebrate as a couple. Rome.. .”.

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