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IGA SWIATEK

Nationality:
Poland
Height:
176cm
Age:
22
Points:
10105
RANKING
#1

Player history

Iga Swiatek was born in Warsaw, Poland on May 31, 2001. Considered one of the strongest tennis players in the world and of her generation, she has won twelve WTA titles in her career, including three Grand Slam rounds: 2 French Open and one US Open.

In April 2022 she reached number 1 in the world rankings. She was the first Polish tennis player and the first in the world born in the 21st century to win a Major in singles and to reach the top of the women's world ranking.

Between February and June 2022, she won a streak of 37 consecutive matches, the 12th longest ever and the longest of the 21st century on the women's Tour. In the same period she won six consecutive WTA tournaments, a feat only Justine Henin achieved in the new millennium. That same year she became the youngest tennis player to win both Indian Wells and Miami in the same season.

She is the daughter of Tomasz Swiatek, a rower who took part in the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, and an orthodontist named Dorota. Her older sister Agata played tennis in the juniors and had to stop due to numerous injuries.

Iga took up tennis to emulate and compete with her sister, and by age 14 she was training regularly at tennis academies in Warsaw. She was coached for a long time by the two compatriots Piotr Sierzputowski and Jolanta Rusin-Krzepota, whom she replaced in 2021 with the new coach Tomasz Wiktorowski.

She is a fan of Rafael Nadal and Mikaela Shiffrin.

Career

Iga started playing on the ITF Junior Tour in 2014 and won her first doubles title in April 2015 at an English Grade 4 tournament. In 2016 she reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles at the Roland Garros and the semifinals in doubles at Wimbledon and the US Open. In October she leads Poland to win the Fed Cup juniors, in the final won 2-1 against the United States, she wins the two points, winning singles and doubles.

In January 2017 she lost the doubles final at the Australian Open, while in singles during the season she reached the final at the Trofeo Bonfiglio and the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. The following year she won the doubles title at the Roland Garros and lost in the singles semifinals. Her latest engagement in her category is the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, where she wins the gold medal in doubles. With this result she reaches the 5th place in the world ranking. She ends her experience among the ITF juniors having won a total of 6 singles and 4 doubles titles.

Iga starts the 2019 season playing for the first time in the qualifying of a WTA Tour tournament in Auckland, she wins the first two matches and is defeated in the third set in the decider. Instead, she passes the qualifiers at the following Australian Open, and in her debut in the main draw in a tournament on the major circuit she overcomes Ana Bogdan in three sets, before being clearly defeated by Camila Giorgi. 

At the Roland Garros 2020, Iga Swiatek achieves her most prestigious result since the beginning of her career up to that moment. In her debut, she overcame the finalist of the 2019 edition Marketa Vondrousova 6–1 6–2, then eliminated without losing sets Hsieh Su-wei, Eugenie Bouchard and in the fourth round she surprisingly beat the world No. 2 and top seed Simona Halep with a clear 6–1 6–2.

With the successes over Martina Trevisan and in the semifinal over Nadia Podoroska, she accesses a Grand Slam final for the first time. She is the first Polish tennis player in the Open Era to go so far in the Parisian tournament. In the final she beat recent Australian Open champion and fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6–4 6–1 to win the tournament without dropping any sets and having conceded just twenty-eight games overall. It is the first ever success in a Slam round in the history of Polish tennis.

In the first round at Rome 2021, she took advantage of Alison Riske's withdrawal, thus overcoming the 2016 finalist Madison Keys in straight sets and coming from behind Barbora Krejcikova after canceling two match points in the second set. She didn't lose sets in the quarterfinals against world No. 5 Elina Svitolina and in the semifinals against Cori Gauff, accessing her first final at the Foro Italico. She won her third WTA title by defeating 2019 champion Karolína Pliskova with a doubles 6–0 in 46 minutes, leaving her with just thirteen points.

At the Roland Garros 2022, she concedes two games in the first round to Lesja Curenko and in the second to Alison Riske. In the third round she knocks out Danka Kovinić and remains the only top 10 in the contest. In the quarterfinals she leaves five games to Jessica Pegula and in the third semifinal in a Grand Slam she gives three to Daria Kasatkina. She then won her second career Grand Slam title by beating Cori Gauff 6–1 6–3. In doing so, she extends her streak to 35, equaling Venus Williams' record for WTA matches from 2000 onwards.

She doesn't lose any sets in the first rounds of the US Open of the same season against Jasmine Paolini, Stephens and Lauren Davis, while she wins from behind against Jule Niemeier. In the quarterfinals she eliminates Jessica Pegula and also wins the semifinal against Aryna Sabalenka, recovering from a 2-4 disadvantage in the deciding set. In the final she prevails over Ons Jabeur with a score of 6-2 7-6 and wins her second Grand Slam of the season.

After the disappointing elimination at the Australian Open 2023, Iga won in Doha.

Style of play

Iga Swiatek has great hitting facility, plays both cross and down the line forehand, with which she opens up corners on the court and manages to switch from defense to attack, generating winners. Playing mainly against male tennis players in Poland contributed to this in his formative years.

She usually plays from the baseline where she is able to alternate extreme shots with short balls which she uses beautifully. She has a solid serve and a usually slower second which she plays preferably in kick, with good bounce.

She has an aggressive, all-court style of play characterized by extreme topspin averaging over 2000 rpm, the greatest of any female tennis player with peaks exceeding 3000 rpm.

Much of this topspin is generated by gripping, extreme Western, with the palm under the racket, facing up. The trajectories are arched, with more space between the ball and the net, but the balls fall back due to the spin. The rebounds are much higher than normal, always due to the spin, putting the opponents in difficulty.

Private life

Despite having a very popular Instagram profile, Swiatek is very jealous of her private life, of which nothing is known. As for her physical characteristics, on the other hand, she is dark hair and eyes, 176 cm tall.

Iga is a cat lover and she owns a black cat named Grappa. She likes reading novels and listening to music. Prior to her dating, she listened to rock music, especially Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers and AC/DC. In her spare time she listens to alternative music, jazz, soul and pop. She is also a fan of Taylor Swift. She also said that she is a fan of actress Sandra Bullock and her films. She has also admitted that she would like to go to university and study something related to mathematics later in her life.

Swiatek is a known book lover on the WTA tour, for each tournament she usually brings different books from Agatha Christie, George Orwell and Alexandre Dumas to more classic books like Wuthering Heights or The Great Gatsby. On December 4, 2021, Nigeria Federal High Court Judge Uche Agomoh sentenced Olugbenga Ogunrinde to 10 months in prison for impersonating Swiatek in a correctional center for $300 computer fraud.

Net Worth and Endorsement

She has endorsement deals with Red Bull, Toyota Lexus, and Xiaomi. In 2021, she joined Tecnifibre with a racquet sponsorship. Before that, she was a regular Prince user. The same year, she signed 2 more contracts with Rolex and PZU.

Swiatek's net worth is $13.6 million in 2023. She has earned $11,411,188 in prize money from her professional career. In 2022 alone, she accumulated $6,617,225 from 50 wins and 6 titles in singles. She is ranked 49th on the WTA career money leaders' list.

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