Swiatek's run to final not by chance, says coach
By Joanna Plucinska
WARSAW (Reuters) - Iga Swiatek's incredible run to the French Open final has taken the tennis world by storm, but her only person who isn't surprised is her coach Piotr Sierzputowski.
The music-loving 19-year-old has only lost 23 games on the way to the final, where she will face the American Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open crown in February.
If Swiatek prevails, she will be the youngest player to win the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Monica Seles in 1992.
"It's not as if it happened to be where it is," Sierzputowski told Reuters.
"She may be 19 years old, but she worked very hard on it for a long time and made steady progress for many years."
While earlier this week her trainer described Swiatek as "a beast" on the pitch after destroying top seed Simona Halep in round four, he says she's just a normal teenager off the pitch studying and listening to music.
He even said she finds training sessions boring this week, but it's her normality that allows her to play so freely on the pitch in big games.
"She listens to Guns N 'Roses and we even went to a Florence and the Machine concert on a trip to play the Australian Open," said Sierzputowski.
Swiatek is the first Polish woman to have reached the Roland Garros final in 81 years and the first in a major since Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon eight years ago.
Sierzputowski admitted that Saturday's final is the chance of a lifetime but said Swiatek's preparation will be exactly the same as for any game she plays.
"We will prepare as we would for every game. In fact, we will not do anything differently that we have not done before," he said. This includes a morning warm up and a conversation about tactics. then another warm-up before going on the pitch.
While Swiatek, who finished 54th in the world when she arrived in Paris, but is now close to the top 20, has so far easily pushed her opponents aside on the red sand, Sierzputowski said she was ready for a fight with Kenin .
"The goal line doesn't make any difference, it's more important whether it wins or loses the final," he said.
(Additional reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Christian Radnedge)
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