With the victory in the final of the China Open 2023 against Liudimila Samsonova, the Polish world no.2 tennis player Iga Swiatek has surpassed Naomi Osaka in total career prize money. Winning her title in Beijing, Iga won prize money of $1,324,000, en route to career prize money of $21,514,763.
The Japanese tennis player Osaka is stuck at $21,177,252.
Iga Swiatek comments on the victory at the China Open 2023
In the press conference after the victory in Beijing against Liudmila Samsonova, Swiatek appeared very satisfied and she released the following statements: "From the beginning I decided to be consistent with my game, I wanted continuity and I'm happy to have won, for me it was really very important.
Seeing how I was at the start of the tournament, I didn't think I'd win it at all but I'm proud of myself. This victory will be useful to me for the rest of my career, this tournament teaches that there are always possibilities to overcome one's limits.
Sometimes it's quite simple, but we all tend to complicate things. I had to deal with a lot of things and make my tennis grow quickly, overcoming the pressure is sometimes difficult but it is part of this sport and we have to learn to adapt and focus only on our tennis.
If I were number one again, I'm sure I would be better prepared to face everything, this victory makes things easier for me."
Starting from Caroline Garcia beaten after a real battle in the quarterfinals up to the victory in the semifinal over Coco Gauff.
The American winner of the last US Open was coming off 16 consecutive victories and represented a very tough obstacle but Iga demonstrated that she can fight and achieved a fundamental success.
She continued: "It was hard for me not to think about everything that happened this year, but here in Beijing everything went well.
Before the first match I was anxious but fortunately things went my way.
Stay in China? No, I'm going home and I want to rest. I've been on the circuit for a while and I try to spend as much time as possible at home, Cancun is an important tournament and I want to be prepared and improve everything. I will spend eight days at home where I will be with my family and train."
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