"There isn't much competition" - Justine Henin on Swiatek's clay-court dominance

Saturday, 08 June 2024 at 05:00
As Iga Swiatek continues to sweep through the field at Roland Garros, former World No.1 Justine Henin believes the Polish star will remain a dominant force on the red clay for years to come.
Swiatek has powered past all challengers at this year's French Open, dropping her only set to four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in the second round. Subsequently, the reigning champion has recorded dominant victories in all her matches, and is once again the favorite to claim the title when she faces Italian Jasmine Paolini in Saturday's final.
In an interview with the WTA, retired Belgian star Justine Henin spoke on Swiatek's dominance on clay, comparing it to her own impressive abilities on the red surface.
"I grew up on clay,” said Henin. “For me, was fun to try to find a way to create a different game on this surface. When I won the juniors, I felt the energy here was very good for me -- as it is, I think, for Iga today. I think she can win more than I won, for sure.
“Everyone is playing the same game they play on hard. I think clay is tough for most of the girls, no? I think when you see Iga on clay, there isn’t much competition. I think we can deal with all those surfaces and not so many players can do that in a certain way.
"Iga is the boss. But we can see how hard it is to win and to win and to win. It’s tough to stay at the top of the game for such a long time. Iga, she has something special for this. I think she is really strong, and if she stays healthy, keeps the motivation, she can win a lot here.”

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