Iga Swiatek secured the No. 1 spot on Friday night but it all felt surreal for the Polish tennis superstar. Swiatek, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 2 this past Monday, defeated Viktorija Golubic 6-2 6-0 in the Miami second round.
Meanwhile, world No. 3 Maria Sakkari suffered a shock defeat to Beatriz Haddad Maia. Swiatek is now guaranteed to replace Ashleigh Barty as the new No. 1 when the WTA rankings list gets updated after Miami. “The thing is, I never really imagined that moment because, truth to be told, I was working day-by-day and playing tennis well,” she said later in a press conference, per the WTA Tour website.
“But I never had the strong belief that it can actually happen. So, it’s even more surreal for me. “I loved every moment of it. It doesn’t matter for me if there were fireworks. The crowd was really supportive, they were really excited.
I’m just soaking everything in because I didn’t have any expectations”.
Barty retired, Swiatek secured the No. 1 spot
“It’s pretty weird for it to be my goal for two days and it may actually happen that quick,” Swiatek said in Miami on Tuesday.
“For sure it would be for me something special to be World No. 1. I never expected that, if it’s going to happen it’s going to happen that way”. During her retirement press conference, Barty said Swiatek deserves to be the new No.
1. "If it is Iga, there is no better person. She's an incredible person, a great tennis player. The way that she's brought this fresh, fearless energy on to the court has been incredible," Barty said of Swiatek potentially replacing her as the new.
"She thoroughly deserves it. I hope that she can take it and still be her, do it her own way, and really chase what she's after in her career and her dreams."