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Wimbledon 2022: Iga Swiatek reminds me a bit of Novak Djokovic, says Alize Cornet

Wimbledon 2022: Poland’s Iga Swiatek has won 37 matches in a row and qualified for the third round of the grass-court tournament at SW19.

Iga Swiatek of Poland. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cornet defeated Claire Liu 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday
  • Swiatek beat Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove in the last round
  • Cornet praised Swiatek for her good qualities

French star Alize Cornett said that World No.1 Iga Swiatek’s style of play reminds her of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. On Saturday, July 2, Cornett is set to lock horns with the 20-year-old Swiatek in the third round match of the women’s singles draw at Wimbledon 2022.

Ahead of the match on Court 1, the 32-year-old Cornet lauded Swiatek for her movements on court and the intensity she shows during play. Cornet also praised the World No.1 for her powerful serves.

“I don’t know “her ball” yet, I am yet to discover it, but I think she is very strong. It emphasizes the intensity of the game and the physical is crazy. In terms of the way she moves and glides on the court, she reminds me a bit of Novak Djokovic,” Cornet was quoted as saying in a press conference.

“She hits the ball very early with great power, but this is not the classic flat “boom, boom”. She can do anything. She serves very well with the first service, but maybe there is something to catch up in the second,” she added.

“She’s so cute, so natural, says what she thinks and doesn’t look up at her. Modest, without arrogance. I have the impression that he has a lot of very good qualities,” Cornet added.

Cornet will go into the match after defeating USA’s Claire Liu 6-3, 6-3 on Court 14 on Thursday, June 30. Swiatek, on the other hand, will go into the game after her hard-fought victory over Netherlands’ Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove.

Swiatek lost the second set and found herself in a lot of strife before making a comeback in the third set.

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