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Wimbledon: "I was convinced that I could be the one who was going to break his series", confides Cornet, Swiatek faller

2022-07-02T18:57:44.710Z

Radieuse, the French number one, who announced that she was thinking of stopping her career after Roland-Garros 2023, explains why she is playing her best tennis in the final stretch of her career.



At Wimbledon,

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  • Wimbledon: men's schedule and results

  • Wimbledon: ladies schedule and results

On his feat

“I still have a hard time realizing it.

I was a little stunned at the end of the match but at the same time not completely surprised because I was convinced that I could do it.

It is a great pride for me to win this match against Iga who is having an extraordinary year and I still have a hard time realizing that I am the one who put an end to his incredible series of victories.

It's my strength, outsmarting my opponents and getting into their brains.

I don't have his power so I played with my weapons.

I try to be smart on the court.

I followed my tactics well.

On the approach to the game

“After winning my second round, I had this belief that I could be the one to break his streak.

I thought it was on grass the best chance for me to do it.

Because it is probably his worst surface.

She's so good on clay and hard.

And on grass, I knew I had a small opportunity to do something.

I had to play a very solid game.

I think that's what I did today.

It's crazy because it's almost the same scenario as eight years ago against Serena (Williams).

Third round on Court 1 against the world number 1… Maybe also that I'm a little more relaxed when I'm the outsider.

I have no parasites in my thoughts.

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On the value of this victory

“I put her in the top 5. I remained emotionally very stable.

It's the second time I've been to Wimbledon in week two, eight years later.

It's a lot of emotion but I've already had more emotional victories.

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On his recovery

“I had played three hours of mixed doubles on Friday.

The day before, two and a half hours of ladies' doubles, plus singles.

This proves that I have beautiful leftovers (smiles).

I have small pains but it holds.

I still have that inner fire.

I'm quite surprised at my relative freshness on the court.

But it's not just the physical recovery, there are also the good emotions that you can have twice.

It carries me.

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On his best Grand Slam year at 32

“I'm actually quite surprised to have had my best year in a Grand Slam.

I did not expect that.

It means that I may be more mature.

I also think I have a lot more fun at Grand Slams.

The puzzle pieces just fit together.

I also take a little more distance from all that.

I put victories and defeats into perspective.

And in hot moments, I am less overwhelmed by emotions like when I sometimes lost my means.

I am still stressed but I live it a little better.

On his retirement

“I think that's why I'm playing so well, it's because I know it's almost the end.

I give everything I have.

I only want to take the best.

I should have said that I stopped tennis ten years ago (laughs).

I don't project myself so much.

I could play until Roland Garros next year.

That's the plan.

It's a luxury not to be pushed out by an injured body.

I choose when I want to stop.

But, no, I do not plan to reconsider this decision.

Today I said to myself that it was perhaps the last time that I walked towards the court n°1”.

Source: lefigaro

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