Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick thinks Iga Swiatek definitely deserves to be the new No. 1 as he insists the Pole has been a level above everyone else in recent weeks. Swiatek lifted her first title of the season in Doha, where she dropped just one set en route to winning the title.
Swiatek then put up a strong run in Indian Wells to collect back-to-back WTA titles. Swiatek has now been through to the Miami quarterfinal as she is on a 14-match winning streak. Swiatek will replace Ashleigh Barty at No.
1 when the WTA rankings list gets updated next Monday. "I think Swiatek has been head and shoulders above everyone else. We can't delete the last year of tennis, you know, you are what your ranking says you are and Osaka is not in the top 70 right now, Swiatek is No.
1 in the world. She is playing so well, I am watching her match, and any point she loses, she is instantly disappointed and it's not in an arrogant way, it's just that her expectation level is so high," Roddick said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.
Roddick drops more praise on Swiatek
"She's not making random errors and she's making the rest of the players look dumb because she just says 'Hey, I'm gonna be a bit more aggressive' and it's almost like she spoke it into existence.
That is normally an adjustment that takes time, she's doing it right away and doing it incredibly well," Roddick said. On Monday, Swiatek routinely handled Cori Gauff as she defeated the rising American star 6-3 6-1.
Swiatek faces next former world No. 2 Petra Kvitova. Swiatek and Kvitova have no previous meetings but the in-form Pole is certainly a big favorite to beat the Czech. Swiatek is making her only second appearance in Miami as last year she was beaten in the third round in her debut at the tournament.