Swiatek v Sabalenka: Match-up, stats, track record, everything you need to know – updated after 2024 Australian Open

Everything you need to know about the rivalry between Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka

Swiatek and Sabalenka November 6, 2022, FORT WORTH, TEXAS, UNITED STATES: Iga Swiatek of Poland & Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus before their semi-final match at the 2022 WTA Finals Fort Worth tennis tournament (Zuma/Panoramic)

It’s the rivalry that women’s tennis has been waiting for. Iga Swiatek, the dominant world No 1 for 75 consecutive weeks since taking the top slot from the retired Ash Barty, has a new challenge facing her from Aryna Sabalenka – who moved to the top of the rankings after the 2023 US Open, before Swiatek wrestled the top spot back from the Belarusian in the last match of the season. With Swiatek aged 22 and Sabalenka 25, this particular match-up could present us with plenty of classics for years to come.

The pair have played nine times so far, with the Pole taking a 6-3 lead in the head-to-head.

Their previous meetings

2021 WTA Finals, first round: Sabalenka wins 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
2022 Doha, quarter-final: Swiatek wins 6-2, 6-3
2022 Stuttgart, final: Swiatek wins 6-2, 6-2
2022 Rome, semi-final: Swiatek wins 6-2, 6-1
2022 US Open, semi-final: Swiatek wins 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
2022 WTA Finals, semi-final: Sabalenka wins 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Stuttgart 2023, final: Swiatek wins 6-3, 6-4
Madrid 2023, final: Sabalenka wins 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
2023 WTA Finals, semi-finals: Swiatek wins 6-3, 6-2

Who has won the most titles?

Swiatek has won 17 career WTA singles titles, Sabalenka 14. The Pole has won three Grand Slams compared to her rival’s two – so far.

2023: Doha, Stuttgart, Roland-Garros, Warsaw, Beijing, Cancun
2022: Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, Roland-Garros, US Open, San Diego
2021: Adelaide, Rome
2020: Roland-Garros

2024: Australian Open
2023: Madrid, Adelaide 1, Australian Open
2021: Abu Dhabi, Madrid
2020: Doha, Ostrava, Linz
2019: Shenzhen, Wuhan, Zhuhai
2018: New Haven, Wuhan

What do Swiatek and Sabalenka think about each other?

The pair have both spoken about their respect for each other.

After the Madrid final in May 2023, Sabalenka said: “I definitely respect her a lot. She’s a great player, and what she did last season and what she’s keep doing, it’s really motivate me a lot to improve, to keep working hard, to, yeah, to keep fighting. I know that it’s always battles against her. It’s always really great matches.”

She added: “I improved a lot, and I really want to win against her, because she’s such a great player.”

For her part, Swiatek said: “Me and Aryna, I feel like we just, we’re just hard workers. I know that she’s super professional as well in terms of, you know, fitness and other stuff, and we’re kind of progressing no matter if we’re on top or not, so I think that’s why we are kind of solid.”

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