Iga Swiatek Reaches Career High Ranking After Win Over Belinda Bencic at WTA Adelaide International 2021

Published 02/27/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her second round match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


French Open champ Iga Swiatek won her maiden hardcourt title as she defeated Belinda Bencic in the finals of WTA Adelaide International 2021. This proved quite handy for her, as she will now make her top 15 debut in the WTA rankings when it gets updated on Monday.

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Adelaide International is a WTA 500 tournament thus Swiatek will earn a whole 470 points from the tournament. Since the WTA rankings take into account the results of the 16 best tournaments, the 470 points will replace one point Swiatek earned somewhere else. Thus, effectively, she earns 469 points.

Iga Swiatek of Poland in action. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Now Swiatek has 3014 points and following the coming Monday update, her points total will rise to 3483 points. This will push her to 15th, above the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Elise Mertens, etc. She was 18th after the Australian Open 2021.

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Iga Swiatek: Huge jump in WTA rankings for the teenager

It is interesting to know that just two years ago Swiatek was ranked 178th in the world. The 19-year-old has jumped over a hundred places to now be in the top 20. Furthermore, Swiatek is the youngest player in the top 30 right now. She is also the third youngest in the top 50 and the fifth-youngest overall in the top 100 currently.

Her steep rise can be accounted for by her becoming a teenage Grand Slam champion. Swiatek won the French Open 2020 comfortably as she didn’t drop a set. It was her maiden title.

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Iga Swiatek of Poland poses with the French Open trophy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Now she’s won her first hardcourt title and second overall WTA title. In Adelaide as well, Swiatek didn’t drop a set as she swept past everybody. Against Bencic, in the final, Swiatek was in complete control and just dropped two games in each set to win 6-2, 6-2.

Next in line for Swiatek will be to reach the top 10 of the WTA rankings. Right now Petra Kvitova is 10th with 4571 points. Swiatek will be 1088 points behind Kvitova, and some huge tournaments are coming up where the Polish star can surely shake up the rankings.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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