Swiatek on track to surpass Evert's French Open record, says Jon Wertheim

Monday, 10 June 2024 at 03:00
Tennis expert Jon Wertheim has weighed in on the possibility of Iga Swiatek surpassing Chris Evert's record of seven French Open titles. The American legend holds the absolute record at Roland Garros with titles spanning from 1974 to 1986.
However, Swiatek's dominance on clay has been evident, and at just 23 years old, she already has four French Open trophies from her last five participations. On Saturday, she secured another title at Philippe Chatrier, overpowering Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1.

The Queen of Clay for the record

Swiatek, the world No. 1, was dominant against nearly all her opponents. Her biggest challenge came in the second round against Naomi Osaka, where she saved a match point before securing the victory. In her other six matches leading to the title, she lost only 20 games across 12 sets, averaging just 1.6 games per set.
Her spectacular performances at Roland Garros have given her a 35-2 record in the tournament, with a current streak of 21 consecutive wins in Paris. On Tennis Channel, Jon Wertheim was asked about Swiatek’s chances of winning three or more additional French Open titles to surpass Evert's record. Initially expressing some doubts, Wertheim acknowledged the possibility:
"Yeah, I mean, I am sort of torn. On the one hand, that's crazy talk. What are we doing? Seven Majors, I mean that's Venus Williams' total haul and we're sort of casually saying, yeah she'll win seven Majors here, who knows?" Wertheim said.
Iga Swiatek with her 4th French Open title
"At the same time, you just do the math. And she's won four of the last five. She's still in her early twenties, she'll have plenty more opportunities. It's almost weird, it would be weird if she didn't win three more. I hate to say so. I think it's just a matter of simple math. Yeah, she probably wins, she probably exceeds Chris's mark," he added.

Evert’s perspective on Swiatek

Chris Evert herself has predicted that Swiatek could surpass her record of seven French Open titles in the future. The 18-time Grand Slam champion humorously acknowledged that she frequently thinks about the possibility of Swiatek eclipsing her.
"Yeah, I think about it (Swiatek surpassing her French Open title haul) every day when I put my head on the pillow, I'm worried about Iga. No, I think Iga will end up with double digits, not only beating my seven," Chris Evert told Eurosport before the 2024 French Open final .

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