The young Iga Swiatek is the latest in a dynasty of Polish tennis players who have always performed well on the WTA Tour. Before her there was Agnieszka Radwanska, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2012, beaten by Serena Williams, two semifinals at the Australian Open and conquered the 2015 edition of the WTA Finals, reaching the second position of the world ranking in July 2012.
Aga, as she was nicknamed, retired in late 2018 after dropping out of the top 70 WTA players. Speaking for EssentiallySports, the young countrywoman Iga Swiatek talked about Aga.
Iga Swiatek: "Aga Radwanska wasn't my idol because of Rafael Nadal!"
She said: "Aga was not my idol because, as mentioned, I mainly watched men's tennis and Rafael Nadal's games.
But she was an incredible inspiration for the young Polish players. She has shown that it is possible to play at the highest levels even if we do not have the best funding system in our country. Thanks to her exceptional career, she has shown that you can do it alone and that it is worth fighting for."
Roland Garros 2020 surprise champion, Swiatek raised the second trophy of her still young career only a few days ago in Adelaide, where she defeated the Swiss Belinda Bencic in the final with the score of 6-2 6-2. At the Australian Open in Melbourne she overtook Arantxa Rus, the Italian Camila Giorgi and the French Fiona Ferro before being stopped in the round of 16 by Simona Halep, who won 3-6 6-1 6-4.
To date there are two Polish players in the world top 100: in addition to Swiatek, also Magda Linette (43rd). Urszula Radwanska, Agnieszka's younger sister, currently occupies the 263rd position in the WTA (but she was 29th just over eight years ago). Finally, the Japanese Naomi Osaka triumphed in Melbourne, winning in the last match against Jennifer Brady in two sets.