‘What a Terrific Start’ – Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Lauds Young Champion Iga Swiatek on Humongous Miami Open Achievement

Published 04/03/2022, 10:51 AM EDT
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
Iga Swiatek, the 20-year-old’s performance, has caught everyone’s attention. Her gameplay and achievements in the past few weeks have charmed people around the world. However, she isn’t just turning heads in the tennis circuit. She is getting recognition from lovers and players of other games as well.
Recently, Swiatek claimed the title at the Miami Open, and the wishes started pouring in. Along with all the wishes came an appreciation from American tennis professional Billie Jean king.

Iga Swiatek Receives Legends Appreciation

After thrashing the former world no.1, Naomi Osaka, in the finale of the Miami Open, in straight sets of 6-4 and 6-0; Swiatek has gained the interest of many tennis players, including the legend Billie Jean King. The former world no.1 and the founder of WTA have acknowledged the talent of the 20-year-old.  King took Twitter to wish Iga and wrote“What a terrific start to your year.”

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Congratulations, @iga_swiatek!

What a terrific start to your year. #MiamiOpen2022 https://t.co/hEWxFcYzVk

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 2, 2022

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King has always been working on the betterment of tennis for women. She also has raised her voice for equality in the game and when young female players like Swiatek show such a level of gameplay, she never fails to honor them.

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Swiatek’s This Year’s Hard Court Run

Iga Swiatek, the current world no.1 hasn’t geared down since Dubai international championship. The chain of victory of hers started in the hard courts of Qatar and hasn’t been broken yet. Initially, she had a few issues with the scheduling of matches in Miami. However, she molded herself accordingly and now has taken three consecutive title wins. The Pole also made a record by having 16 match win streak, thereafter taking a seat amongst legends such as Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Mar 31, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Iga Swiatek (POL) celebrates after her match against Jessica Pegula (USA)(not pictured) in a women’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Iga plays tactfully, makes her opponent run, and spends her energy wisely. All these traits of hers will help her keep the 17 match win streak rolling in the upcoming clay-court season. We will have to wait to witness the ace come into action again and wish the young blood of hers will sweep off the French Open.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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