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A look inside the insane statistics that characterised Iga Swiatek’s 2022 season
Iga Swiatek’s 2022 campaign was the stuff of dreams. She didn’t just rise to No 1, she ran the table on tour and changed our perception of what dominance looks like on the WTA tour. Now that it’s over, we take a closer look at the stats that defined it.
Iga Swiatek’s 2022 was a thrill ride of epic proportions. The Polish juggernaut captivated the tennis world from start to finish and became the most dominant player in the game over the last 10 months, as she wrote the early chapters in what is sure to be a voluminous tome of statistics by the end of her career.
For now, as Swiatek enjoys some well-deserved rest and relaxation at home, we go inside the numbers of her mind-boggling season.
1 – Swiatek became the WTA’s 28th No.1-ranked player on April 4 (and the first Polish world No 1) and dominated from there. She produced a 41-6 record as the No 1 and has held the top ranking for 31 weeks.
2 – Number of Grand Slam titles won, Swiatek is the first player to win more than one in a single season since 2016.
3 – Number of Grand Slam titles won in 2022 by Swiatek. She is tied for third with Angelique Kerber among active players. Only Venus Williams (7) and Naomi Osaka (4) have more.
4 – Number of sets that Swiatek lost on clay in 2022, in 19 matches.
5 – Number of times Swiatek won a set by 6-0 (three times) or 6-1 (twice) in a final in 2022.
6 – Number of titles that Swiatek won during her 37-match winning streak this season – Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and Roland-Garros.
7 – Number of works of literature Swiatek reads each month (just kidding, we couldn’t find a 7).
8 – Swiatek mustered an 8-1 record in finals to improve to 11-2 lifetime in tour-level title matches.
10 – Number of victories that Swiatek earned from a set down in 2022, compared to seven in 2020 and 2021 combined.
15 – Number of top 10 wins that Swiatek reeled off in succession, from January to November. match win streak against top 10 opposition. Per WTA Media, only Martina Navratilova (20) and Steffi Graf (17) produced bigger streaks against the top 10 in the last 40 years.
15 – Swiatek is already 15th on the WTA’s all-time list for weeks at No 1. She is also the 15th player to ever claim the WTA’s year-end No1 ranking.
16 – The Pole managed to win 80 percent of her deciders, notching 16 wins and four losses in three-set matches.
18-1 – Swiatek’s record on clay (winning titles in Stuttgart, Rome and Roland-Garros).
21-2 – Swiatek’s record against the top 20 in 2022.
21-2 – Swiatek’s record at the Grand Slams in 2022, with losses coming in the Australian Open semis (Danielle Collins) and the third round at Wimbledon (Alizé Cornet).
22 – Number of bagel sets that Swiatek handed out this season, which is the most since Serena Williams was running her bagel factory in 2013 (notching 25).
37 – In 2022 Swiatek posted a 37-match win streak that left her unbeaten for 135 days, which tied her with Martina Hingis for the longest winning streak since 1997. Swiatek’s streak is the joint-longest win streak on tour since 1990.
47-7 – Swiatek’s 47 hard-court wins (7 losses) are the fifth-highest number recorded this century and the most since 2013.
51 – Number of straight-set wins notched by Swiatek in 2022, most since Serena (66) in 2013.
56-2 – Swiatek’s record when winning the first set in 2022. Only Jelena Ostapenko (Dubai) and Barbora Krejcikova (Ostrava) managed a comeback win against her.
67-9 – Swiatek’s final record in 2022. Swiatek has recorded the most tour-level victories since 2013 when Serena Williams claimed 78 wins.
2006 – By winning her second major title in Paris, Swiatek became the youngest player to achieve multiple slam titles since Maria Sharapova in 2006.
11,085 – Swiatek will finish the season with 11,085 ranking points, which is the most since Serena Williams recorded 13,615 in 2013, and the second most all-time.