twenty years old Iga Swiatek Rewrites the history books by becoming the first Polish tennis player to become world No. 1. Following Ash Barty’s retirement, Swiatek was the front runner to become the new world No. 1. She only needed to win one match at the Miami Open to secure pole position and she did just that, defeating Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in straight sets 6-2,6-0 in the second round.
Swiatek becomes the 28th woman to become No. 1 and also the third youngest No. 1 among active players to reach the highest rank. She’s been fantastic all season so far. She leads the Tour with a 21-3 record and is ranked No. 1 in the Race to WTA Finals. She has already won two WTA 1000 titles and also made her semi-final debut at the Australian Open. She is also the first player since 2009 to win 5 career titles before age 21.
When Swiatek conducted her on-court interview, she was surprised when tournament director James Blake and former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport came out and presented her with flowers to congratulate Swiatek.
“I just absorb everything because I had no expectations”: Iga Swiatek
In the post-match press conference, Swiatek expressed her feeling of becoming the new world No. 1. She said she never imagined that moment and that it was the feeling that was even more surreal to me.
“The thing is, I never really imagined that moment because, to be honest, I worked day in and day out and I played tennis well.” She said. “But I never had a firm belief that it could actually happen. So it’s even more surreal to me.”
“I loved every moment of it. I don’t care if there were fireworks. The crowd was really supportive, they were really excited. I just soak it all up because I had no expectations.” She added.
The Pole now meets American Madison Brengle in the third round on Sunday, March 27th.
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