World No 1 Iga Swiatek showed major respect and admiration for Venus Williams following her Wimbledon first-round victory. Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, turned 43 last month but she is still going strong. Despite achieving great success long ago, Williams still wants to play pro tennis.
Swiatek, 22, is currently the best player in the women’s game. When asked about Williams being a great champion and still competing at 43, Swiatek admitted it’s just amazing to see.
Swiatek pays tribute to Williams
“Honestly, looking at what’s going on really now, I admire she still finds motivation to play.
I think it’s amazing. She really must love the game like truly. Yeah, I just really admire that because I can’t imagine how I’m going to be in, like, 10 or 15 years! But I hope I’m still going to find joy in playing and in competing.
Yeah, besides that, she’s just a legend. She won so many tournaments, like really kind of powerful player. Especially like with Serena, they kind of made this, like, a combo on WTA Tour that was really unbreakable. Yeah, she’s a legend,” Swiatek said.Meanwhile, Swiatek got off to a great start to her Wimbledon run as she ousted Zhu Lin 6-1 6-3.
After starting her Wimbledon campaign with a strong win, Swiatek admitted she feels more relaxed at Wimbledon this year. Last year, Swiatek came to Wimbledon on a 35-match winning streak and there was lots of attention on the Pole during that period.
“This year is much more comfortable for me. For sure winning a Grand Slam this year, it feels like I kind of reached my goal. I was really kind of happy and I could celebrate after. But last year, I just felt more expectations,” Swiatek said.In the Wimbledon second round, Swiatek plays Sara Sorribes Tormo.