‘I See a Mess Basically’ – World No. 1 Iga Swiatek Is Not Letting Success Get to Her Head

Published 04/03/2022, 4:42 PM EDT
Mar 30, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Iga Swiatek (POL) features after missing a shot against Petra Kvitova (CZE)(not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Iga Swiatek is having the time of her life with her newly found form and success on the WTA tour. With three consecutive tournament victories, the Polish star is proving herself as the top player.

Swiatek rose to fame with her performance in 2019 and has been quite consistent ever since. Amongst active players, she also holds the record of going into the second week of the most number of Grand Slams consecutively.

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Even though the start to her 2022 season was a little lackluster, she picked up her form by the time Australian Open started. The Pole reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and was defeated by Danielle Collins, who was overpowered eventually by Ashleigh Barty in the finals.

Since the semi-final defeat in Melbourne, Swiatek has played stellar tennis and is currently the holder of three consecutive titles in Qatar, Indian Wells, and Miami.

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Because of the consecutive titles and her performance in the Australian Open, Iga Swiatek climbed up the WTA rankings to the second spot. Then after the shock retirement of Ashleigh Barty, the Polish youngster became the World No.1 albeit unexpectedly.

Apr 2, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Iga Swiatek (POL)(R) holds the Butch Buchholz Championship Trophy as Naomi Osaka (JPN)(R) holds the finalists’ trophy during the awards ceremony after their women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After her win at the Miami Open, Iga was asked about her feelings over this new and exciting development. To this, the Pole said, “Well, when I wake up and look in the mirror, I see a mess basically (smiling).”

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Swiatek proved all her fans and the larger tennis fraternity that she does deserve the top spot by completing the Sunshine Double. In a much anticipated final, Iga defeated Naomi Osaka, a former champion at Miami, in straight sets. In the presentation ceremony, the Pole said that she finds Osaka to be an inspiration and also added that it was an honor to play against her.

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Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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