Iga Swiatek becomes second player after Serena Williams to achieve this feat



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Iga Swiatek becomes second player after Serena Williams to achieve this feat

Iga Swiatek has become the first player since Serena Williams to collect 11,000 points in a single season. In 2013, Williams collected 13,615 points. Nine years later, Swiatek became just the second player to reach the 11,000-points mark since the current ranking system was adopted in 2009.

On Saturday, Swiatek defeated Cori Gauff 6-3 6-0 in her WTA Finals group stage finale. If Swiatek wins the WTA Finals, she could finish the season with 11,835 points earned.

Swiatek praises Gauff

On Saturday, Swiatek and Gauff were playing for the fourth time this year.

Once again, Swiatek claimed a pretty routine over Gauff. Overall, Swiatek and Gauff have played five times against each other - with Swiatek winning each of those five meetings in straight sets. After easily beating Gauff once again, Swiatek insisted the 18-year-old American was a talented and really quality player.

"I feel off-court that she's really humble. I'm happy about that because I know that from a young age kind of all eyes were on her. I'm happy she's coping with that well. That's what I see, you know? She seems to have really good people around her, so, yeah.

And on the court, I feel like sometimes I've been really dominating in matches against her. But for sure on Roland Garros, you could see her level. This final was I think in the second set it was really tight, right? Yeah, she is really tall.

She has a good reach. But she's moving really, really well, and she's kind of flexible, you know. Yeah, she has variety. She can go to the net. When I was her age, I didn't know how to play volleys, so I'm pretty jealous.

Yeah, she's a great player, and you can see that on singles and doubles as well," Swiatek said. Earlier this year, Swiatek defeated Gauff in the French Open final for her second title at Roland Garros.