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I’m focused on myself, I don’t care about Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina: Iga Swiatek on WTA’s ‘Big 3’ after her 3rd French Open win

She defended her French Open crown on Saturday (June 10) by beating Karolina Muchova.

Iga Swiatek displayed why she is a dominating force on clay. She defended her French Open crown on Saturday (June 10) by beating Karolina Muchova 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Swiatet has now bagged four Grand Slams (one US Open and three French Open) since winning her first at the clay-court majors in 2020. After the win, at the post-match press conference, the 22-year-old was asked to comment on WTA’s ‘Big 3’- Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, and Elena Rybakina.

Though Swiatek understands why fans love to call them the new Big 3, and experts analyze their games, the Pole doesn’t think it that way. She is focused on her work and doesn’t analyze Sabalenka and Rybakina’s games. The 22-year-old cited how she was focused on improving her game during the clay-court season.

I don’t really analyze that, because I know that this is something that kind of you guys created, and I understand that fans love that. You too. So I’m trying to just be focused on my work. And, for me, there is no reason to do that,” Swaitek said at the post-match press conference.

These three women have won all the Grand Slams now. Rybakina is the defending Wimbledon champion, Sabalenka won this year’s Australian Open, Swiatek lifted the US Open trophy last year, and is now a three-time Roland Garros champion.

I look at my claycourt season, and I see in every tournament I really played consistently. I reached, you know, like quarterfinals, semifinals, finals, I won Stuttgart, I won this tournament. I’m kind of just focused on myself, and I don’t care about the other two players,” she said. Also Read: Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud Match prediction, head-to-head, preview, and live telecast | French Open 2023

Iga Swiatek scripts record after her 2023 French Open win

Following her 2023 Roland Garros win, Iga Swiatek became the first woman since Justine Henin in 2007 to win back-to-back French Opens. She also joined Naomi Osaka and Monica Sales in the Open Era to win each of their first four Grand Slams.

The three-time Roland Garros champion then became the youngest player since 2002 to win four women’s singles Grand Slam trophies. Prior to her, tennis legend Serena Williams scripted this record when she won the 1999 US Open, the 2002 Roland Garros, the Wimbledon in 2002, and the 2002 US Open. Also Read: “Roger Federer is Lionel Messi, Novak Djokovic is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Peter Crouch and Jermaine Jenas explain who is the GOAT of tennis

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Gouri Das
Gouri Das
Gouri Das is a tennis writer at The Sportslite. She started following tennis after reading about Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam victories. Djokovic and Andy Murray are her favorite players. She also follows cricket closely.

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