World No. 1 and US Open champion Iga Swiatek speaks to CNN World about why she is on the brink of doing what no one has ever done before.
Swiatek’s record-breaking run includes a victory in the US Open final.
She says, regardless of the outcome, she hopes to make history.
“This is certainly not a life I have ever seen before,” she said.
The 23-year-old has made it to the final of the US Open four times, including two majors and two more at a major break – the WTA Finals and US Open. She is one of the best doubles players of all time.
The last person to win the US Open title was Martina Navratilova. The last to win the US Open and not lose a set in a major final was Lleyton Hewitt, who was beaten by Kim Clijsters in 1991.
Swiatek says she is determined to change the history of the final by beating Maria Sharapova.
“I think one of the things I’ve learned from Martina is, if I get a result in my match I really try to let go of my emotions, to focus on my game,” Swiatek said. “I don’t really have any energy left because I’ve just played four or five sets, I’ve just played three days. I feel like I’ve spent a lot of energy and it’s not like that at all.”