“Highlight Of My Career”: Iga Swiatek Keen to Win a Medal for Poland at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/17/2021, 2:35 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 7, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her fourth round match against Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2021, many athletes have raised concerns over their participation. Injuries and a strenuous season have caused many of the top ranked stars to pull out. However, 2020 Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek is not one of them. The Polish player is looking forward to creating history with a successful campaign in her national colors.

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Swiatek joins the likes of Wimbledon 2021 winner Ashleigh Barty, former World No.1 Naomi Osaka, Belarus’ powerhouse Aryna Sabalenka and USA’s teenage sensation Coco Gauff in the women’s draw. This will be Swiatek’s first Olympic Games appearance in her blooming career. The Polish superstar has made her presence felt on the WTA Tour very early at the age of 20, and has a long way ahead of her.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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Iga will aim to enter the history books by claiming gold in her maiden Olympics campaign. After the series of withdrawals, Swiatek is now one of the favorites to take home a medal. She already has multiple titles to her name but has made it clear that the Olympics are on her checklist.

Iga Swiatek excited to represent Poland

The World No.8 has hardly gotten the opportunity to play for her country. Swiatek has previously won the Rome Open, Adelaide Championships, and the French Open in 2020. She was dominant in all three title wins and continues to be a thunderous weapon on the court.

In an exclusive interview, Swiatek mentioned how winning a medal for her country would be the “highlight” of her career.

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Iga Swiatek will aim to join an elite list of women to win Olympic gold before reaching 21 years of age. The Polish fans will surely be rooting for the Grand Slam winner. Provided Swiatek can produce the level of tennis we are used to seeing from her, it will be an exuberant run for her. Nonetheless, the experience will be unforgettable. Can Swiatek do the unthinkable?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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