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French Open champion helped to victory by sports psychologist

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Polish teenager Iga Swiatek says support from a sports psychologist was a key factor in helping her to win the French Open final on Saturday.

(CNN)Polish teenager Iga Swiatek says support from a sports psychologist was a key factor in helping her to win the French Open final on Saturday.

The pair have worked together for almost two years and Swiatek has been open about working hard on her mental game.

"Playing good tennis, winning grand slams seemed so distant to me, so achieving that is kind of a weird feeling and I just couldn't believe it. "

Swiatek pinpointed her fourth-round victory over Simona Halep as a key turning point for the Pole at the French Open.

"Before I had a problem with playing under pressure because I felt great in practices and then, in a match, suddenly my tennis was a little bit worse," said Swiatek.

"I think we're always focused on work because of him because he had high expectations that we were going to get good grades and we were going to have good practices," she said, speaking of her father's influence.

Even after winning the French Open, Swiatek hasn't entirely forgotten her studies either.

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