French Open champion Inga Svotek says she is trying to regain her new celebrity status after becoming the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Roland Garros became the youngest winner of the Cladcourt Grand Slam in 1992 after Monica Seles, defeating 19-year-old American Sophia Kenin 6-4 6-1 in Saturday’s final.
“It’s so crazy here,” Swetek told the BBC after returning to Poland.
“I feel like my life has changed completely and I’m getting used to it. I left a different Poland that I came back to, because I’m popular here right now.”
Swatek’s life is turned upside down by her victory, but she says she can always call Japan’s three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka for support.
She said, “I’m doing great, but if I’m having any problems, Naomi told me that I can always ask her for advice or support.”
“We had a quick chat on social media just after the final. I feel like I’m supported, so that’s great. “
Svotek was the first Polish woman to reach the final of Roland Garros in 81 years and the first of any major match since Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon eight years ago.
“Originally I was in shock for the next three days,” Swotch said, adding that she would love to have some influence on the development of the game in her country. “I cannot tell you my feelings, because even I do not understand them.
“I always wanted to win all four Grand Slams and have an Olympic medal, and I always thought of it as a dream. But right now, when I actually won the French Open, it was like being so far away for me. done. “
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