Russian tennis star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is not ready to call Iga Swiatek the new Serena Williams as she feels the American is a “special person” and a “rare athlete.”
Swiatek, 21, is the new face of the women’s tennis as she has won her last 35 matches and the French Open title was her sixth consecutive.
Swiatek has been absolutely dominant over the last four months and many are wondering if the Pole can dominate the game for a long period of time, like Williams was able to do.
In a recent interview, Pavlyuchenkova was asked whether she sees the new Williams in Swiatek.
“I do not know. Serena is a truly special person, there are very few such athletes in history, especially in women’s tennis,” Pavlyuchenkova said, per Sportskeeda.
Pavlyuchenkova out for the rest of 2022
After starting her season at the Australian Open, Pavlyuchenkova was out for three months due to a knee injury, before returning to action in Madrid.
After picking up back-to-back first round exits in Madrid and Rome, Pavlyuchenkova decided to end her season and focus on recovering from a knee injury.
“Hi all! I’m very sad to say, that i’m forced to withdraw from Roland Garros @rolandgarros and the rest of the tournaments this year! I have been playing this in my head for the last week and it has been a really tough decision to make, as Roland Garros was always very special to me, especially after a dream run last year! But due to the pain for a long time, now the injury is limiting me physically and mentally to compete and practice fully. After rehabbing for months this year and only played at 3 events, the last two tournaments has showed me, that the pain was still there and i wasn’t ready, so i have decided to take more time and come back stronger next year! Thanks for the support. Until next year!” Pavlyuchenkova wrote on Instagram last month.