Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek has become just the third player to win four WTA 1000 titles in a season over the last 20 years. On Sunday, Swiatek saw off Ons Jabeur 6-2 6-2 in the Rome final. In 2003, Justine Henin four WTA 1000 titles.
Nine years ago in 2013, Serena Williams claimed five WTA 1000 titles. Now, Swiatek has joined Henin and Williams on the list with at least four WTA 1000 titles in one year.
Swiatek has won five titles this year and four of those five titles came on the WTA 1000 level. Besides Rome, Swiatek also won Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.
Players to win 4 WTA 1000s in a season in the last 20 years:
Williams (5 titles)
2022 Swiatek (4 of first 5 with more to play) — Trenton Jocz (@TrentonJocz) May 15, 2022
Swiatek also has one WTA 500 title as she made it all the way in Stuttgart last month. Jabeur won the WTA 1000 event in Madrid but Swiatek didn't play there due to a shoulder injury.
Swiatek could win as much as six WTA 1000 titles in 2022
There will be no WTA 1000 tournaments until August.
For August, WTA 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati are scheduled to take place. Wuhan and Beijing are also WTA 1000 but they likely won't take place this year as the WTA has suspended all tournaments in China due to the Peng Shuai incident.
Even without Wuhan and Beijing, Swiatek still technically has a chance to become the first player in the last 20 years to win six WTA 1000 titles in a season. After winning her Rome and her 28th consecutive match, Swiatek was asked when her stunning streak might end.
"Good question. I think nobody knows the answer, so... Sorry," Swiatek said, per Tennis Majors. Also, Swiatek admitted she had doubts after arriving to Rome. "At the beginning of the tournament, I didn't know it would be possible to keep up the streak and with all the wins.
... for sure it was a long path for me since the beginning, but I'm really proud of myself and my team," Swiatek said.