Thanks to the amazing and unexpected success achieved last year at the Roland Garros in Paris, the Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek entered the top 20 players in the world. The French Open was also the last tournament played by Iga in 2020, which returned to the field this year in Melbourne at the Gippsland Trophy WTA 500, where she lost in the round of 16 to Ekaterina Alexandrova.
in two sets. At the Australian Open, from 15th seed, Iga stopped in the fourth round against Simona Halep, who beat her with a score of 3-6 6-1 6-4. Swiatek then arrived in Adelaide, where she beat Madison Brengle, Maddison Inglis, Danielle Collins, Jil Teichmann and Belinda Bencic to go for her second career WTA trophy.
Thanks to this success, Iga has risen to 15th place in the world rankings, her best ranking.
Swiatek: "You can't do it all by yourself"
Recently nominated for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category, Swiatek shared her advice with players and especially younger players: "Be patient and surround yourself with the right people.
Even if ours is an individual sport, it is difficult to do everything alone. I have great support around me, otherwise I don't think I would be in the position I am in today. Accept that you can't do it all by yourself, because it's not a bad thing.
It is simply reality and things will be much simpler if you have the right people around you." Born in 2001, Swiatek reached the first final of her career in 2019 on clay in Lugano, where she lost to Slovenian Polona Hercog by a score of 6-3 3-6 6-3.
The Pole played a single edition of the Wimbledon tournament, the Swiss player Vikorija Golubic immediately exiting in two sets. During her young career, she won two WTA titles, including the 2020 French Open, making her the first Polish player in history to win a Grand Slam event in singles and the first tennis player born in the 21st century, both on a male and female level, to succeed. On 1 March you reached the 15th position in the ranking.