Coco Gauff Says Iga Swiatek Drives Her to Reach the Top in the WTA Tennis

Published 05/03/2022, 11:56 PM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Coco Gauff of the United States reacts after winning a first round match against Magda Linette of Poland on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Iga Swiatek has been a standout player on the women’s tour this season. At only 20, the Polish ace has scaled to the summit in women’s singles. Further, Swiatek has won four titles on the trot, including the ‘Sunshine Double’. Additionally, she is on a 23-match unbeaten streak and has dominated her opponents every time she has stepped onto the court this year.

Earlier this year, Swiatek reached the last four at the Australian Open, losing against Danielle Collins of the United States in the semifinals. Her winning streak began after her disappointing campaign in Dubai. The 20-year-old won titles in Qatar, Indian Wells, Miami, and Stuttgart to maintain her unbeaten run.

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Recently, the American tennis sensation, Coco Gauff, revealed being inspired by Swiatek’s journey to the top in women’s tennis.

Coco Gauff motivated by the success of Iga Swiatek

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Gauff is in Spain to participate in the Madrid Open. During an interview, she talked about how the Polish star inspires her to excel in the sport. She said, “Age, yes, does play a factor a little bit with experience or maybe physically, but Iga being No.1 definitely gives a little extra motivation knowing that she can accomplish it at such a young age in the sport, and maybe you think that you can do it too.”

Apr 2, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Iga Swiatek (POL) holds the Butch Buchholz Championship Trophy during the awards ceremony after her match against Naomi Osaka (JPN)(not pictured) in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Coco Gauff is one of the few active players on the WTA tour, excelling in both singles and doubles. She is the 16th best player in the world in women’s singles as per the WTA rankings. On the doubles front, Gauff is placed at the 10th position.

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Swiatek has had to miss the ongoing Madrid Open because of a shoulder injury. On the other hand, Gauff is playing in both singles and doubles at the tournament. However, she bowed out of the singles competition after losing against Simona Halep in straight sets. Currently, she has partnered with Jessica Pegula in doubles and the duo has reached the quarterfinals.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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