“I’m Better in Tennis Than…”: Iga Swiatek Reacts to Bill Gates Watching Her at Indian Wells

Published 10/11/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates after winning the French Open final against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Iga Swiatek has cruised into the round of 16 at Indian Wells. Swiatek, who entered the tournament as the number two seed, hasn’t lost a single set yet. In both of her matches combined, Iga has just given a total of only 5 games away. The Pole looks fearless and will be aiming for her fourth singles title on the WTA tour.

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After having a decent run at the US Open, Swiatek entered the Ostrava open as the number one seed. She successfully progressed to the semi-finals of the competition but couldn’t go past the Greek, Maria Sakkari. In her Round of 32 encounter against Veronika Kudermetova, there was a special guest in the audience. 

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Bill Gates made a special appearance at Iga Swiatek’s match

The founder and former CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates came to witness Iga Swiatek’s second-round match against Veronika Kudermetova at Indian Wells. Gates has stated on many occasions that he enjoys watching tennis and has attended several of Roger Federer’s events in the past. Moreover, at an exhibition match in South Africa, the billionaire philanthropist has even played tennis with Roger Federer.

After finding out about this, Iga Swiatek reacted with a hilarious tweet. It said,” Well…I think I’m better in tennis than with Excel. I hope you enjoyed the match,” and tagged Bill Gates. 

As Iga has progressed to the next round, it will be intriguing to see whether Bill Gates turns up again or not.

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Iga Swiatek to face Jelena Ostapenko

Iga Swiatek defeated Petra Martic in the first round and Veronika Kudermetova in the following round. In both the matches, the Polish registered a straight-set victory. 

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

In the round of 16, she’ll be up against World No. 29, Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian had an easy first-round match, however, in her second round, she was challenged by Yulia Putintseva in a three-set thriller. Surprisingly, in the head-to-head statistics, Ostapenko leads Swiatek by 1-0. Can she extend her lead over the Pole or will the second seed emerge victorious?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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