Sports

“Seeing Iga grow as a tennis player has been so beautiful for me,” Kim Clijsters welcomes newly crowned world number 1 Iga Swiatek » FirstSportz

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Freshly crowned number 2 in the world Iga Swiatek Continues to impress on the Tour as the 20-year-old won her third career WTA 1000 title and second in the trot. Against Maria Sakkariwho also achieves her career-high rank of world No. 3, Swiatek won the match 6-4, 6-1 to win the 2022 Indian Wells open.

The win made Iga the first WTA player to have 20 wins in the season, and the Polish youngster also has two massive titles to her name as she now has an 11-game unbeaten streak that began at Qatar Open 2022 in Doha.

Kim Clijsters comments on the rise of Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Seventeen months ago, Iga Swiatek wasn’t exactly a star in the tennis world. In fact, she ranked 54th among WTA players en route to Roland Garros, losing in the first round to qualifier Arantxa Rus in Rome.

However, something magical happened in Paris. Iga Swiatek won the French Open title at the age of 19. She was the lowest-ranked champion since the ranking was established in 1975.

Kim Clijsters was also 20 years old when she rose to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in 2003. The now 38-year-old sees herself in the aspiring players of today – and marvels at how young they seem. She likes what she sees in Swiatek, her game, her humility, even her love for Rafael Nadal.

“Seeing Iga grow as a tennis player has been so beautiful for me. There’s a certain kind of focus that’s on tennis, and tennis only. There’s a drive that I really admire – a drive that I recognize.” said Clijsters.

The Belgian also praised her will to improve despite her successes and not get carried away. She also praised the fact that sponsorships and special treatment do not harm the Poles.

She has had great results in the past, but she still wants to improve. We’ve seen others take a step back and say, ‘Oh, I’ve won a Slam now, I did it. Sponsors come in and I’m treated like a princess everywhere.” added Clijsters.

The Belgian then stressed that just because of great results and performance, a person shouldn’t be treated differently, citing Ashleigh Barty as an example.

“Just because you’re No. 1 and you’ve won Slams doesn’t mean you should treat other people differently. I feel like Ash Barty did that amazingly and I think Iga has that focus too. There’s still a lot of respect for the other people around them.” said Clijsters.

CONTINUE READING: “I’m treated like a princess everywhere,” Kim Clijsters shoots indirectly at Emma Raducanu

https://firstsportz.com/tennis-to-see-iga-grow-as-a-tennis-player-it-has-been-so-beautiful-for-me-kim-clijsters-hails-newly-crowned-world-no-1-iga-swiatek/ “Seeing Iga grow as a tennis player has been so beautiful for me,” Kim Clijsters welcomes newly crowned world number 1 Iga Swiatek » FirstSportz

Subhankar Mondal

24ssports is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@24ssports.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button