“I had quite a serious injury” – Iga Swiatek’s revelation about 2023 Roland-Garros triumph

Iga Swiatek has revealed a little more about the challenges she faced in Paris earlier this year

Iga Swiatek Iga Swiatek after winning 2023 Roland-Garros (Chryslene Caillaud/Panoramic)

Looking at Iga Swiatek‘s run to the trophy at Roland-Garros on 2023, one would be surprised to learn she had any difficulties whatsoever during that fortnight. She dropped a single set – in the final, to Karolina Muchova – and clocked up four bagels across the seven rounds.

It turns out, though, that she was struggling physically.

“At Roland Garros, not everything depended on me. I had quite a serious injury,” she noted in a recent conversation with Radio One’s Cezary Gurjew in Poland. “I’m glad I managed to take part in it at all.”

Swiatek had hinted after the final that she had been experiencing a few aches and pains in the run-up to the tournament, saying in her press conference: “For sure these past three weeks weren’t easy. You know, whole team effort also, you know, Maciej {Ryszczuk, physiotherapist] taking care of my health and actually managing these, you know, little injuries that happened.”

She added that the medical time-out she had had to take for a right thigh injury a few weeks prior, in the Rome quarter-final against Elena Rybakina, had given the team some work to do.

“We know, you know, that it’s going to happen in sport, but he’s [Ryszczuk] the reason basically I was able to compete, both after, you know, Indian Wells, I came back really quickly, and after Rome, as well.”

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