Swiatek had to recharge her batteries for Roland Garros

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2023 French Open

WTA Tour

Stade Roland Garros
Paris, France
28 May - 11 June 2023
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek will be looking to defend her title at the 2023 French Open when the action gets underway on Sunday, May 28.
The Polish youngster endured a disappointing start to the year when she exited the Australian Open in the fourth round following a defeat to reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in straight sets.
However, Swiatek bounced back at the Qatar Open as she retained the trophy by defeating 2nd seed Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-0 in the final - her first of two titles in 2023.
The 21-year-old also reached the Dubai Championships and Madrid Open finals, where she lost to Barbora Krejcikova and Aryna Sabalenka respectively, while she was forced to retire in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open against Rybakina after sustaining a thigh injury in the third set.
She allayed fears that the injury could rule her out of the French Open though, stating she would be getting some much-needed rest following a gruelling WTA Tour schedule in the opening five months of 2023. 
"To be ready for Roland Garros I need to recover right now. I'm going to take couple of days off," Swiatek revealed. "With my quarter-final loss, I have also time to then practice right before the tournament.
"For me, the most important thing is to kind of play it safe and not exploit my body so much in such a difficult conditions, after having to play few matches in night session and after midnight.
"I'm happy right now to have few days off because since Stuttgart I wasn't really able to recover with that tight schedule that we have on WTA."

Last five French Open winners

2022 - Iga Swiatek (POL)
2021 - Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)
2020 - Iga Swiatek (POL)
2019 - Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
2018 - Simona Halep (ROU)

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Published: 05/26/2023