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World No 1, Roland-Garros, Poland: 12 questions about Iga Swiatek, updated with Rome title

Iga Swiatek has become the first Pole and 28th woman to top the world rankings. Here are some facts about the new leader of women’s tennis

Iga Swiatek (POL) is presented a bouquet for becoming the number one women's player in the world after her victory over Victorija Golubic (SUI) (not pictured) in a second round women's singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Iga Swiatek (POL) is presented a bouquet for becoming the number one women’s player in the world after her victory over Victorija Golubic (SUI) (not pictured) in a second round women’s singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium.

What is Iga Swiatek’s highest ranking?

Iga Swiatek became the new world No 1 in women’s tennis on May 4, 2022. The 20-year-old became the 28th woman to hold the No 1 ranking and the first from Poland to become world No 1.

Swiatek achieved the milestone by beating Viktorija Golubic to reach the third round of the 2022 Miami Open, a tournament she went on to win, securing the prestigious sunshine double of Indian Wells and Miami titles.

“I feel like I’m a different player right now,” she said in Rome, where she won the title for the second year in a row to collect her fifth trophy of 2022.

“Last year I feel like I still was trying to find some kind of, I don’t know, consistency in the wins that I had, and also like confirmation that Roland Garros wasn’t just like a one tournament. I feel like I found that and I feel like I can kind of move forward and just focus on my next goals. For sure the tournaments that I played this year, they have shown me that I can play better tennis on hard courts.”

What did Iga Swiatek achieve in Miami?

The Polish star became the youngest woman to ever win the prestigous “Sunshine Double” at the Miami Open in 2022. Swiatek joins Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka on the prestigious list. She defeated Noami Osaka in the final, 6-4, 6-0, and dropped only 26 games in her six matches in Miami – the lowest total dropped since Martina Hingis won the title by dropping just 21 games in 2001.

What is Swiatek’s longest winning streak?

Iga Swiatek, Stuttgart 2022 – © Imago / Panoramic

The Pole is currently riding high on a 28-match winning streak after adding the Rome title to the ones she won in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Stuutgart (along with two wins in the Billie Jean King Cup). She will aim to extend that streak further when she makes plays at Roland-Garros next week. Her streak is the longest on the WTA Tour since Serena Williams in 2013.

What are the biggest moments of Iga Swiatek’s career?

Iga Swiatek won the first professional tournament she attended, in Stockholm in 2016 but until Roland-Garros 2020, she had not won a WTA Tour-level title. She was also a prolific junior, winning the girls doubles title at Roland Garros and then the singles title at Wimbledon in 2018. That same year, the Pole also won the gold medal in doubles at the youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, in the company of Kaja Juvan.

In Paris in 2020, she skipped a few rungs on the ladder to become a Grand Slam champion, beating world No 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round and Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the final to take the Roland-Garros title in one of the biggest surprises in recent history.

In February 2021 Swiatek captured her very first hard court title at the Adelaide Open, defeating Belinda Bencic, in the final 6-2, 6-2. She won a big title in Rome the same year and in February 22, she won her fourth career title when she triumphed in Doha.

In 2022, she won consecutive WTA 1000 titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome and is the undisputed leader on the women’s tour.

Where and when was she born?

Iga Swiatek was born on May 31, 2001 in Warsaw. She still lives not far from the Polish capital, in the small town of Raszyn.

Iga’s father, Tomasz Swiatek, rowed at a high level and even competed in the Seoul Olympics (1988) in the four-scull category. Iga also has an older sister, Agata, who is three years her senior.

How tall is Iga Swiatek?

Iga is 1.76m (5ft 9in), according to her profile on the WTA Tour website.

How is her name pronounced?

Please note, a little subtlety: with the specific characters of the Polish alphabet, the name of the 19-year-old is written Świątek. The “Ś” is pronounced “ch” and the “ą” corresponds to the sound “on”. Therefore, we must say “Shviontek”.

Why did she start playing tennis?

To imitate her big sister … and also to try to beat her. Agata briefly played on the ITF junior circuit at the age of 15, before hanging up the racquet due to recurring injuries.

Who is Iga Swiatek’s coach?

Iga Swiatek worked with her compatriot Piotr Sierzputowski from 2016 to December 2021, when she announced the end of their collaboration on Twitter. She is now coached by Tomasz Wiktorowski.

She also works with Daria Abramowicz, a sports psychologist who allows her to progress her mental side. Swiatek hailed the influence of Abramowicz after her stunning run to the title at Roland-Garros.

How much are her tournament earnings since the start of her career?

According to the official WTA website, Iga Swiatek has grossed almost $9 million, as of May 16, 2022.

What kind of music does Iga Swiatek listen to?

Iga Swiatek is a big fan of rock, and in particular of the American group Guns N’Roses. She also listens to songs from even more “old school” bands, such as AC / DC or Pink Floyd. More recently, she has been listening to and learning about jazz.

Is Iga Swiatek active on social networks?

Iga Swiatek regularly posts photos on her Instagram account (608,000 subscribers). She also has an official Twitter account (252,800 followers) and a Facebook page (267,000 followers).

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