Roland Garros | Cheviontek dreams of the title and refuses to be compared to Nadal

Polish Iga Szwiłtek, ranked number one in the world, is preparing to continue her dominance in the French Roland Garros Championship, the second Grand Slam tournament in the world. tennisShe is looking for a third successive title, and a fourth in the last five years, when she faces Italian Jasmine Paolini, ranked 15th in the world, on Saturday in the final.

The 23-year-old star seems to be an extraordinary candidate to achieve a new achievement, if she is able to win the title, as she will become the first player to win the Roland Garros title four or more times during the professional era, after the Belgian Justine Henin (4 times, most recently in 2007), and the American Kris. Evert (9 times, most recently in 1986), and German Steffi Graf (6 times, most recently in 1999).

She will be only the third player to be crowned champion three times in a row, after Henin (from 2005 to 2007) and former Yugoslav American Monica Cilic (from 1990 to 1992).

20 consecutive wins for Cheviontek at Roland Garros

Shevuntek could also join American Serena Williams as the only player to win the French Open, in addition to the Madrid and Rome tournaments in one year.

But Cheviontek’s strength on the clay courts of the Roland Garros tournament put her in distant comparison with the legendary star Rafael Nadal, who won the title a record 14 times, in a career during which he achieved 112 victories at the second Grand Slam tournament, compared to only 4 defeats.

Cheviontek confirms: Nadal is above everyone else

For her part, the Polish player commented on this comparison with Nadal, saying, “We will see after 14 years if my career is similar. It is obvious that this (comparison with Nadal) is a beautiful thing for me.”

She added: “I don’t expect anyone to compare me to Rafa (Nadal) because for me he is above everyone else, he is an absolute legend. We will see in a few years, but I am proud of myself because I am playing here consistently, and because my name was mentioned in one sentence with Nadal. This is wonderful.”

Paolini is playing in her first major final at Roland Garros

As for her competitor, Paolini, the Italian succeeded in reaching her first major final, which came in the Roland Garros tournament, after five appearances in the French championship during which she did not advance beyond the second round.

By qualifying for the final, Paolini ensured her presence in the club of the top ten players in the WTA rankings, with the hope of becoming only the second Italian woman to be crowned champion at Roland Garros, after Francesca Schiavone, who won it in 2010 at the expense of Australian Samantha Stosur.

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Regarding her reaching her first major final at the age of 28, Paolini said: “I think I learned late compared to other players.”

Paolini, who became the first Italian to play in a major tournament final since Flavia Pennetta was crowned champion at Flushing Meadows in 2015, at the expense of her compatriot Roberta Vinci, continued: “I am happy to be able to dream of this moment. I don’t know what I should say, I am very emotional.”

She continued: “I watched other Italians reach the finals and also win a major tournament, but I did not imagine that this would happen to me. I wished for it, of course, but for it to happen now is something crazy for me. I am really happy and surprised as well.”

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