Swiatek is now considered as the best player in the game.
Iga Swiatek says Serena Williams showed everyone “how to intimidate while being No. 1” and that’s the lesson she is trying to take away from the 23-time Grand Slam champion. For two decades, Williams was a dominant force in the game and some players admitted that they were so scared of the American that they feared they would lose the match without a game won.
Now, Swiatek is considered as the best player in the women’s game as the Pole went 37 consecutive matches without a loss this year. “It’s still pretty surreal when I see her. I still feel like I’m just a kid who’s watching.
I watched her my whole life. Basically, she was everywhere because she always won and was somewhere in the semifinals or the finals. But mentally, she’s the one who’s going to show you how to use your position and how to intimidate while being No.1. I’m trying to do that,” Swiatek said, via Sportskeeda.
Swiatek: Williams showed us how to do everything
Besides being an all-time great in tennis, Williams has also had success in business and she has also proved that it’s possible to be a mother and have success in the game.
“She’s a great example, for sure. Especially with how she copes with having business and playing at the same time or being a mother and playing at the same time. It’s just amazing. It’s not like many athletes have done that.
I think it’s great that we have somebody like that in our sport who cleared the path and show us that you can do anything. The sky’s the limit,” she said. Meanwhile, Swiatek is preparing to kick off her US Open campaign.
In the US Open first round, Swiatek plays Jasmine Paolini. Swiatek is just 2-2 on hard this summer but she is still considered as the top favorite for the US Open title.