Iga Swiatek upbeat on chances of playing Roland Garros

Iga Swiatek in action
Iga Swiatek during a match

Iga Swiatek has issued an update on her fitness following her retirement from her Rome Masters quarter-final clash with Elena Rybakina.

The retirement handed Rybakina another victory over Swiatek but the greater concern is the fitness of the Pole.

However, the world No 1 is positive on that front feeling that with a week or so to rest up she will be good to go in her title defence in Paris.

“We did an examination with the physio afterwards,” said Swiatek.

“It shouldn’t be anything serious, so I’m pretty positive that I’ll be back soon.

“For sure I feel tired. I think it was the right decision to stop playing [in Rome] because I felt pain when I was stretching, when I did harder movements.

“For me, the most important thing is to play it safe and not exploit my body so much in such difficult conditions, after having to play a few matches in night sessions and after midnight.

“I’m happy right now to have few days off because since [a previous tournament in] Stuttgart I wasn’t really able to recover with that tight schedule that we have on the WTA.”

In Rome, Swiatek had a 14-match winning run and was aiming for her third straight Italian Open victory.

When the main draw matches begin on Sunday 28 May, the three-time major champion may start her Roland-Garros defence.

Swiatek also tweeted a positive message to her supporters on social media announcing her desire to take the stage at Roland Garros.

“Hi Guys. I’m sure you’re thinking about what happened last night. We’re checking it. During the second set I got a thigh injury.

“The diagnostic is in progress. More info in the following days. Will keep you updated.”

In her most recent update she added: “A couple of days off for sure. And booking my flight to Paris, so fingers crossed, please.”

Swiatek dominated the field at the French Open last season, winning the final in straight sets over American Coco Gauff