The 21-year-old Polish woman, in front of the press on Monday, agreed to discuss the upcoming retirement of Serena Williams. “It’s hard for me to make eye contact with Serena, there are always so many people around her,” explained Swiatek, adding that she had never had the courage to speak truly with the American with 23 Grand Slam titles, who continues to count down to the end of her career at 40 . “I am quite shy, so in his presence, I am like a child in kindergarten”, she confessed again.
“I would love to (play her), if only to see how it is to face her on the other side of the net”
Iga Swiatek and Serena Williams have never crossed paths on court, and the odds are now getting dimmer. In Ohio, the two women are not in the same half of the table, and could only find themselves in the final, a very unlikely outcome while the American, who only resumed competition in singles at Wimbledon (defeat in the first round against the French Harmony Tan), will face in the first round the Briton Emma Raducanu, victorious last year at the US Open.
There would then remain a final possibility, the next US Open. “It would be the last chance to play against her,” Swiatek said. “I would love to, if only to see what it’s like to face him on the other side of the net. »