Talent, Diligence and Modesty: Iga Swiatek Earns Another Top Honor

Published 12/11/2020, 12:30 PM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Poland’s Iga Swiatek poses with the trophy as she celebrates after winning the French Open. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Reigning French Open women’s singles champion Iga Swiatek has been named as one of Poland’s hundred Women of the Year.


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The honor comes as a deserving token of acknowledgement and affirmation of the Pole’s stupendous success story this year.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates after winning the French Open final against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Iga Swiatek among Forbes’ 100 Women of the Year in Poland


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Largely unheralded before she came to the French Open, Swiatek displayed skill, belief and maturity far beyond her age to win her maiden Grand Slam title.

Swiatek scripted a remarkable success story at Roland-Garros

What stood out in her glory run at Roland-Garros was that she didn’t drop a single set on the way to landing the title.

And, a statement released by Forbes Women Polska seemed to reaffirm the qualities that drove the 19-year-old to her first Major title.

Scripting many firsts, the Pole became the youngest women’s champion at Roland-Garros since Monica Seles and was also the first from her country to land a Grand Slam title.

The statement, which Swiatek shared on Twitter, read, “The tennis player, who gave Poland the first Grand Slam title, went through the French Open without losing a set.”

“Experts describe it as an extraordinary combination of talent, diligence, faith in one’s own potential and modesty,” it said.

Swiatek thanks Forbes for honor

Swiatek also posted a message thanking Forbes Poland for the honor.

“Thank you Forbes Women Polska for this honor. List of 100 Women of the Year in Poland,” she said.

Showing no nerves on the biggest stage in women’s tennis, Swiatek got the better of the likes of two-time Grand Slam winning Romanian Simona Halep and Canadian Eugenie Bouchard on her way to the final.


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In the final she ran into this year’s Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, but she cared little about her opponent’s reputation as she thumped the American in straight sets to lift the title.

As she heads to a new season on the WTA Tour, Swiatek will have an eye on more titles. She finished the 2020 season ranked 17th.


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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.