Poland’s Iga Swiatek defeated Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the 2022 French Open women’s singles final on Saturday. The 21-year-old won her second title in Paris. The first one came in 2020 when she defeated American fourth-seed Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the finale.
Here are five lesser known facts about the teenager from Poland:
Girl from nowhere
Swiatek, who is ranked first in the world, had not won any major tournament before the French Open 2020. She had become the lowest-ranked woman to capture the Roland Garros title in the modern era.
Unlike most teenagers, Swiatek has a fondness for classic rock from Guns N’Roses to Pink Floyd to AC/DC.
“I am still listening to Guns N’Roses’ Welcome to the Jungle because I want to keep my routines,” she had said earlier.
“Actually I wanted to change it because right now it’s kind of boring to listen every day to the same song. But yeah, I stayed with Guns N’Roses because I wanted to win.”
As the final approached, she switched to Pink Floyd.
“I love Learning to Fly, Comfortably Numb, and recently I’ve been listening to Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” she told WTA Insider.
“If I want something more aggressive, AC/DC gets me in the mood. I’ve been listening to Thunderstruck before matches.”
The 21-year-old arrived in Paris for the first time undecided on whether she should continue on the tennis court or spend more time inside a university lecture hall.
“Right now it’s going to be hard to make a decision to go back to studying because I feel like really I can achieve big things. I just want to focus on that,” Swiatek had said.
“But I’m only 19, so a lot can change during a few years. We are going to see. Maybe I’m going to be, like, hungry for knowledge. Really I’m not going to make a decision right now.”
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Diehard Rafael Nadal fan
Swiatek is a diehard fan of Rafael Nadal, who will feature in the men’s final on Sunday. Nadal will be up against Alexander Zverev.
“He was the only player I watched when I was younger. I just wish him the best and I hope he’s going to get another French Open this year,” she said.
Sport in her DNA
Swiatek’s father Tomasz is a former Olympic rower who competed in the men’s quadruple sculls event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.