Iga Swiatek Gains Massive Places to Match Her Career-High in WTA Ranking After Winning in Doha

Published 02/26/2022, 10:11 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 24, 2022 Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her fourth round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

20-year-old Polish player, Iga Swiatek, has been in fine form in 2022. After a fantastic run at the Australian Open, Iga won the Qatar Open after beating Anett Kontaveit in the final. The 20-year-old has already won the French Open title in 2020 and steadily progressing to become the no.1 in the World.

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In terms of WTA rankings, she was the no.8 in the world before the Qatar Open. And now, after winning the title in Doha, she climbed massively in the rankings. 

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Iga Swiatek matches her career-high ranking

Today, in the center court at the Qatar Open, Iga Swiatek showed everyone why many consider her as a top talent. The Polish player absolutely destroyed Anett Kontaveit in straight sets to clinch her first Qatar Open; the final score was 6-2,6-0. 

Incidentally, this was Iga’s second WTA 1000 title after winning one in Rome, in 2021. Following this win, Iga moved up four places in the WTA rankings to reach her career-high 4th place. Previously, she reached the no.4 ranking in September 2021 and now she achieved this feat again.

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In terms of WTA rankings, Ash Barty’s still holding firm on the number 1 spot. At the moment, it seems like nobody will be able to move her from that position. Although, Iga is slowly reaching there, as she won her 4th career title on the WTA tour, including the French Open. She came close to another Grand Slam title this year, as she reached her first Australian Open semi-final. Unfortunately, the Polish player lost to Danielle Collins in the semis. 

Meanwhile, the Qatar Open finalist, Anett Kontaveit, moved to 2 places to become the new no.5 in the WTA rankings. Before losing to Iga, Anett was on a nine-match winning streak, which unfortunately Iga broke. Last year’s French Open winner, Barbora Krejcikova, also moved up to one place to reach her career-high ranking i.e. 2. 

Iga’s fellow countrywoman congratulated her

Former Wimbledon finalist and fellow countrywoman of Iga Swiatek, Agnieszka Radwanska congratulated Iga on Twitter, as she wrote, “Gratulacje.”

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It means congratulations in polish. Notably, 32-year-old Radwanska retired from professional tennis in 2018. 

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Can Iga reach no.1 in the future? Let us know in the comments.

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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