Iga Swiatek showed some sublime tennis at the Open 2022 Miami finals when she defeated the four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in straight sentences to complete her Sunshine Double. The celebrations for the Pole had only just begun, being doubled when the WTA gave her world No. 1 ranking Ashleigh Barty retirement from sports.
Swiatek, 20, was sensational this year from the semi-finals at the Australian Open followed by victory in Doha and the icing on the cake with the Sunshine Double.
The former Roland Garros champion will be keen to perform well on clay as she prepares for the big clay season ahead of the French Open. However, on the eve of the statement, the 20-year-old penned a heartfelt message on social media for her family, friends and supporters.
“Today it’s official and I want to give myself, my family, my team and my partners a moment to celebrateI’m happy about it,” Swiatek began. “I don’t usually focus on numbers but on rankings, but this moment is huge for me as I became the first Polish tennis player to reach the top spot in singles.”
She stressed that she would like more interest in tennis in Poland, especially after her rise to the top. Hubert Hurkacz also showed enormous potential in the men’s category in both singles and doubles. Therefore, this can be a milestone in Polish tennis history as they try to inspire more young kids to pick up the racquet at an early age.
“I hope that one day maybe there will be more of us in Poland playing tennis at the highest possible level. I am very grateful that my work could be an inspiration for some people. Last but not least, I love the game and cherish every moment of it these days.”
Iga Swiatek believes she would have been world No. 1 even without Ash Barty’s retirement
Iga Swiatek was running for the top spot when Ashleigh Barty announced her retirement. Iga Swiatek together with Maria Sakkari fought for the top spot. But things turned in the Pole’s favor when Swiatek defeated her at Indian Wells and things changed drastically when Barty retired. Swiatek then went on to complete the Sunshine Double as Sakkari lost in the second round.
However, the youngster didn’t feel she deserved the rankings until she won the Miami Open. Swiatek has now swept all WTA 1000 events this year and feels she deserves this positive more than ever.
“It definitely helped. After Miami I thought maybe if Ash didn’t retire it would still happen. But of course at the beginning I wasn’t 100% satisfied because I knew that Ash has the best tennis on the market. When I played against them I felt I had to improve a lot more. For me she was number 1 in the world for those times. It gave me a lot of motivation to work on myself and I realized that maybe in a few years it would be possible for me.
“But the way it happened didn’t help me believe I deserved it. Besides, I’m so young. I know there are many players who have been on tour for more than 10 years and have not had a chance to become world no. I was in [the right place at the right time]. I was #2 for about 3 days when Ash announced she was retiring. So I thought it was a bit of a coincidence, to be honest. But after Miami I thought I was playing really well, so why not?” said Iga Swiatek previously.
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https://firstsportz.com/tennis-i-want-to-give-everyone-a-moment-to-celebrate-iga-swiatek-pens-a-heartfelt-message-after-becoming-world-no-1/ “I want to give everyone a moment to celebrate,” writes Iga Swiatek in a heartfelt message after becoming world No. 1