“She Proved You Can Do It Alone”: Iga Swiatek Speaks Highly of Compatriot Agnieszka Radwanska

Published 03/01/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates during her fourth round match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek took the world by storm when she lifted the French Open trophy in 2020. She became the first person from her nation to win a Grand Slam title. After Rafael Nadal and Monica Seles, she became the first teenager to achieve such a milestone. 

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In recent years, prior to Iga Swiatek, there was another Pole, Agnieszka Radwanska, who created quite a name for herself. The 31-year-old former player went through various difficulties while grooming herself to compete against the best players. Swiatek indicates that Radwanska created a path for youngsters to believe in their abilities and showed a way to fight against the odds.

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

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The defending Roland Garros champion stated, “Aga wasn’t my idol because, as I said, I mainly watched men’s tennis and Nadal matches. But she was an incredible inspiration for young players from Poland. It showed that it is possible to play at the highest level even if we don’t have the best funding system in our country. With her great career, she has proven that you can do it alone and that it is worth fighting for.”  

Agnieszka never won a Grand Slam title but she reached the final of Wimbledon in 2012. Besides, she’s been a semifinalist at the Australian Open on two occasions, in 2014 and 2016. During her career, she won 20 titles on the women’s Tour. 

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Iga Swiatek of Poland poses on the rooftop of les Galeries Lafayettes Rue de la Chaussee d’Antin with the Suzanne Lenglen Cup following her victory in the Women’s Singles Final against Sofia Kenin of The United States of America on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open on October 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Coming back to Iga, she was seen at the Australian Open this season, and her exit came in the fourth round. In the previous week, she lifted her first WTA title at Adelaide International. She beat Belinda Bencic in the final and won the tournament without dropping a set, till its conclusion. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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