Wimbledon 2022: On Thursday, 20-year-old World No.1 Polish star Iga Swiatek advanced to the third round of the grass-court tournament.
Iga Swiatek of Poland. Courtesy: AP
- Swiatek defeated Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
- Swiatek will next face France’s Alize Cornet
- Swiatek won the French Open last month
World No.1 Iga Swiatek survived a massive scare during her Wimbledon 2022 second round match against Netherlands’ Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove. On Thursday, June 30, the match went right down to the wire where the 20-year-old Swiatek had to put in the extra yards to overpower her opponent.
In the end, the Polish star won the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and advanced to the third round where she will face France’s Alize Cornet. Swiatek said that playing on grass is completely different than playing on clay.
The two-time Grand Slam winner said that she has had to wait to play her strokes on grass and she can’t slide properly.
Swiatek was also of the opinion that she needs more time on grass to learn the art of playing on the surface where the likes of Serena Williams and Roger Federer have dominated.
“It’s hard to describe because, well, on grass I feel like everything changes. You have to adjust the movement. I mean, for sure, I really like how I move on court, especially when I can slide, when I can recover quickly. Here I can’t really slide. I have to slow down before hitting the ball, so it’s tricky,” Swiatek was quoted as saying.
“I think I would play well on grass if I would have kind of more time to just play on this surface. Yeah, I mean, every year it’s only like four weeks, so I feel it’s not enough to learn properly,” she added.
Swiatek didn’t have any practice on grass as she took a break following her victory in the French Open 2022 at Roland Garros.