Former world No. 63 Irina Falconi knew from the first moment she saw Iga Swiatek that the Pole would one day reach the No. 1 ranking. In 2018, Falconi clashed Swiatek at an ITF event in Charleston. Swiatek, who was 16 at the time, destroyed Falconi 6-3 6-1.
On Friday, Swiatek defeated Viktorija Golubic in the Miami second round and now she is guaranteed to replace Ashleigh Barty as the new No. 1 after Miami. "I played Iga in 2018 on my birthday. she cleaned my clock 3 and 1 after the match I look at my husband (then boyfriend) 'I’m not even mad.
That girl is damn good. Wouldn’t be surprised if she made it to #1 in the world with her game.' Congrats @iga_swiatek," Falconi tweeted.
Barty thinks Swiatek deserves to be the new No. 1
In her retirement press conference, Barty was asked to give her thoughts on Swiatek as the next 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 No.
1. "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." Barty's name will be removed from the WTA rankings list when it gets updated after Miami.
When asked about it, Swiatek admitted she didn't even know that was possible. “I had whole night basically,” Swiatek said. “To be honest, at first it was really emotional for me. I didn’t know about all the rules.
I actually didn’t even know you could choose being removed because I didn’t follow any other athletes that were retiring. … I don’t want to really talk about it because it’s Ash’s decision. I think she has all right to do, like, both things."