"I feel I can achieve big things". Iga Świątek's decision to put off studying pays off
Polish teenager Iga Świątek decided to put off going to university for two years in order to try to make it in tennis - a decision which was richly rewarded on Thursday when she reached the French Open final.
Any doubts she may have had about whether to put a tennis career above her studies were pretty much put to rest when the 19-year-old became the youngest player to reach the women's final at Roland Garros in 19 years by thrashing Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1.
"Well, 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," Świątek told reporters. "I just want to focus on that".
"But really I'm only 19, so a lot can change during few years. We are going to see. Maybe I'm going to be hungry for knowledge or anything. I'm not going to make a decision right now," said the young player.
Świątek ousted top seed Simona Halep en route to the final at the clay court Grand Slam and could become the youngest since Monica Seles in 1992 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup if she is able to beat Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin on Saturday.
"Right now it would be hard for me to study in this tournament and after," Świątek said. "So I'm just going to focus on doing tennis, tennis-related stuff, as good as I can. I'm just going to deal with it later," she explained.
"I think if I'm going to be in a few finals of Grand Slams, it would be impossible to study and playing that kind of tennis consistently," the teenager said.
Świątek became the first Polish woman to reach the Roland Garros final in 81 years and the first at any major since Agnieszka Radwańska at Wimbledon eight years ago.
"It seems unreal. On one hand I know that I can play great tennis. On the other hand, it's kind of surprising for me," said the 19-year-old rising star. "I never would have thought that I'm going to be in the final. It's crazy".
"I just kept believing in myself. It's amazing for me. It's like a dream come true. Basically I was a little bit overwhelmed. Actually it's hard to believe. I think it's going to hit me after the tournament. Right now I'm just living the dream," Iga Świątek said.
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, Reuters
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