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Iga Swiatek 14/1 to land Grand Slam treble

World No.1 Iga Swiatek’s brutal demolition of Maria Sakkari in the Indian Wells final was a statement of intent from the Polish powerhouse as the clock ticks down to the start of her French Open defence at the end of May.

Swiatek brushed Sakkari aside 6-4 6-0 to land her second title of 2024, reeling off the last eight games without reply in a demolition job which lasted barely more than an hour.

When Swiatek is in the mood she’s a hard player to beat and has to be confident of adding to her haul of five Grand Slams this year.

The 22-year-old missed out in Melbourne at the Australian Open but is 14/1 to clean up the next three in Paris, Wimbledon and at the US Open in New York.

Here, we assess her chances of becoming the first person to land that treble since Serena Williams in 2002.

Tennis - Number of Grand Slam Wins

Number of Grand Slam wins in 2024 - Iga Swiatek

None

2/1

One

13/10

Two

5/2

Three

14/1

French Open (27th May-9th June)

Swiatek is 13/10 to win one Grand Slam in 2024 and if there is to be only one success then the French Open would be most people’s idea of that lone triumph.

She grew up playing on clay, always insisted clay was her favourite surface and since five of her seven successes back in her ITF days were on the red stuff, few doubted her.

The clay-court queen was nothing more than a princess when she bowled up in Paris in 2020, aged just 19, ranked a modest 54 and pretty much unfancied, yet would go on to win her maiden Grand Slam crown - without dropping a single set.

It was an astonishing victory from one so young - indeed, she wasn’t even taken to a tiebreak on her way to becoming the youngest women’s singles champion at the French Open since Monica Seles in 1992.

Two years later she won the French Open again and successfully defended the title last year - she had four “bagels” in her first three matches - becoming the first player to do that since Justine Henin in 2007.

Swiatek, twice an Italian Open winner as well, is indisputably the best clay-court player of her generation and is 11/10 to make it three in a row.

Wimbledon (1st July-14th July)

Making a case for Swiatek at the All England Club in high summer is less easy though, but at 10/3 she is right up there among the favourites.

She has been seeded at three Wimbledons, and on each occasion has come unstuck against a lower-ranked opponent. In 2020 she was blown away by Ons Jabeur in round four, taking the first set 7-5 before the Tunisian powered back 6-1 6-1.

She was thumped by Alize Cornet in straight sets a year later and then last summer reached the last eight where she was beaten in three sets by wildcard Elina Svitolina.

Heading to London last year her grass-court record was modest and the Pole has admitted before to feeling “uncomfortable” on grass. And players who feel uncomfortable on the least-used surfaces, tend to get found out again and again. Just ask the likes of Seles and Henin who had 16 Slams between them - but never won Wimbledon.

US Open (26th August-8th September)

Swiatek will be far more at home at the US Open, which she won in 2022 and is 7/2 to reclaim this September.

The No.1 seed beat Jabeur in the final in straight sets to make it a trio of top-eight players she beat in the final three rounds to deservedly get her hands on the trophy for the first time.

Her defence of that title was going well as she blitzed through three rounds, dropping a total of just nine games, before she came unstuck against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.

That also ended, temporarily as it turned out, her reign as world No.1.

A beaten Swiatek insisted she had no comprehension of why she played so badly though it was interesting that Ostapenko was something of a bogey opponent, beating the Pole for the fourth time in a row.

And Swiatek has mentioned before - indeed only last week at Indian Wells - that she does struggle against certain opponents and can get fixated by draws.

She’s still only young and can improve the weaponry she needs to dominate on all courts - but it might make you wary of thinking there is a trio of Slams to be picked up in 2024.

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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