Iga Swiatek wins Rome Masters with her new racquet, the Tecnifibre T-Rebound Tempo 285. It shows that the switch didn’t hurt her game.
I wrote about Iga Swiatek’s new racquet here and speculated that switching racquets from her Prince Textreme Tour 290 that she won the French Open with, to a new brand and frame, might be risky. There have been numerous racquet changes gone wrong for pros over the years as they need to rely a hundred percent on their equipment. But Iga Swiatek just proved that the Tecnifibre T-Rebound Tempo 285 works as well for her game as the Prince. She won the Rome Masters in spectacular fashion, defeating Karolina Pliskova 6-0 6-0 in the final!
When Iga is on her game, all cylinders firing, she seems almost unstoppable and she will be one of the favorites at the French Open when she is defending her title in a couple of weeks.
Iga’s road to the Rome Masters title:
- Thursday: 2 match points saved to win an epic match
- Saturday: Quarter-final and semi-final won on the same day
- Sunday: 1st M1000 title with a final won 6/0 6/0 in just 46 minutes
- Monday: Entry this morning into the WTA Top10, at the #9 rank
Who can threaten Iga’s second Grand Slam title?
Since Naomi Osaka seems to have a hard time on the red dirt, it’s more likely that Ash Barty will be the one to pose the biggest threat to Iga and the other plays in the draw. The Aussie is a deserving world number one, who has been in great form during the clay-court season so far and should be the favorite ahead of the event. Aryna Sabalenka is not as confident on clay, but Simona Halep should be a contender for another French Open title.
Serena Williams will also play of course and if she can get going, she is another obvious favorite to the title as she goes for grand slam title number 24.
My pick ahead of the tournament is Barty, with Swiatek coming in as nr 2 and Halep as number three. I think you need to enjoy/understand the clay well to be a winner at the French Open now that the WTA tour is stronger than ever.
The odds from a major bookmaker puts Swiatek as the favorite at 4.50, Barty at 6.00, Sabalenka at 8.50, Muguruza at 10, Halpe at 11, Svitolina at 13, and Osaka at 15 times your money. They offer odds of 17.00 on Serena winning, which I think is pretty fair as we haven’t seen much of Serena’s tennis in 2021.
Who do you think can threaten Iga and her title defense?