Alex Corretja believes Swiatek stands between Sabalenka and Roland Garros glory

Thursday, 23 May 2024 at 06:30
Eurosport analyst Alex Corretja is of the opinion that Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek is the main obstacle stopping World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka from lifting her first Roland Garros title.
Sabalenka has put on impressive performances in the three clay court tournaments she's featured in this season, reaching two finals. However, she lost both WTA 1000 finals in Madrid and Rome to World No.1 Swiatek, losing the Madrid final in a third set tiebreaker.
Nonetheless, Corretja has praised the Belarusian's progress, highlighting her movement and consistency on the red surface.
"Sabalenka, she's been improving, improving unbelievably," he told Eurosport's Benjamin Popovic. "I mean, I'm very impressed by the way she's hanging in there and handling the whole situation. I think she's already proved to herself that she can do very well on clay. A few years ago, maybe we thought that she was a little bit more inconsistent because she didn't like the surface that much.
"But now she knows how to also move better and be consistent. I think before she was very powerful, but maybe she was missing a little too early. I would say now, you know that she can hit seven, eight, nine shots in a very good speed and this is so difficult for an opponent. There's so much pressure off the return, so much pressure with the serve. If someone is ready to win another major, it's Aryna."
With that being said, Corretja still believes Swiatek is the only one capable of stopping Sabalenka from capturing her maiden Roland Garros title.
"Is it going to be Roland-Garros? Well, it's probably the toughest place because Iga has got a little bit of an advantage." said Corretja. But we'll see because they can only meet in the final and that is a long way to go."

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