Wimbledon. Iga Świątek starts the game. How will it handle on grass? Tennis

The 20-year-old Pole has repeatedly emphasized in recent weeks that – being aware of the lack of experience in playing on grass courts – she will start in London without pressure or expectations. It is true that she will play with the “seven” and is the winner of the junior edition of this event three years ago, but she played only eight matches on this surface as a senior.

Before this year’s Wimbledon, she had only one appearance on the grass – this week at the WTA competition in Eastbourne. In the first round she was tired for quite a long time, but she still managed to win, in the second round she lost after another three-hundred game.

– I don’t usually look at the rankings. In fact, in the case of grass surfaces, it is like a separate ranking. You know who plays it well and you usually know who is doing poorly. Although I am seeded with the “seven”, I do not put more pressure on myself because I know I have no experience. (…) It’s an important part of the season, but it’s more important for me to learn, not to go far. Because I believe that the work I am going to do here will bring results in a few years – emphasized the winner of last year’s French Open.

Experience, however, is Hsieh. The 66th racket in the world, the tennis player will appear in the main Wimbledon bracket in a single for the 12th time. Additionally, she won it twice in doubles (2013, 2019). The 35-year-old Asian has been successfully combining competitions in both competitions for years. In the second of them, she won three Grand Slam titles. In the single competition of this rank, her best result is the quarterfinals of this year’s Australian Open. In London in 2018, a round was eliminated earlier.

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Taiwanese presents tennis that is difficult for its rivals and has often caused surprises in the past by eliminating the favorites.

– It’s unpredictable, so I have to be ready at all times. There are players who can play regularly and she comes up with crazy ideas sometimes, which is great. That is why it is so fun to watch her play, but it is difficult for a person on the other side of the net – admitted the charge of coach Piotr Sierzputowski.

He will face Hsieh for the second time in a single. In the second round of the previous edition of the French Open, she confidently won. They also hit each other this season on the Paris courts. Roland Garros, but in doubles. Swiatek and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands eliminated the tournament “ones” Taiwanese and Belgian Elise Mertens, although in the third, decisive set they were already losing 1: 5.

– I played against her on the clay court. I think it will be different here. If I am very low on my legs, it will certainly be helpful. I remember that when I was competing with her in Paris, I did so. Here I will probably go even lower. It will be a difficult game. If I can play my own and find the rhythm, if I go to the ball and not be too late to play it, I think I can win. We will see what it will be like, but a big challenge is ahead of me – summed up the Polish woman

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Their Monday duel was designated as the third, last on court No. 1, the second largest facility of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club complex. It will probably start in the late afternoon or evening.

On Tuesday, the other two Polish singers will join the competition – Hubert Hurkacz and Magda Linette, seeded from “14”.

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