Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander feels Iga Swiatek is here to stay and he predicts the Pole will win two more Grand Slams next year and easily finish the 2023 season ranked at the top spot. Swiatek, 21, has been enjoying an outstanding 2022 season.
This season, Swiatek has captured seven titles, including titles at the French Open and US Open. Between February and July, Swiatek won 37 consecutive matches. “I think that Iga Swiatek with 37 wins in a row on two different continents, on two different surfaces, I think, yeah, I think you got to hand it to her, especially as she won now two (Grand Slams),” Wilander said on the Kick Serve Radio podcast, per Sportskeeda.
Wilander: I don't see any woman close to Swiatek
"I think that Iga – I’m going to be (the one to) make the first prediction – I think that Iga Swiatek will easily stay the number one in the world at the end of next year.
I think she’ll pick up another two Slams, and I don’t see any woman even close to her," Wilander added. After the 2021 season ended, Swiatek added Tomasz Wiktorowski to her team. In the offseason, Swiatek emphasized improving on hard and that has been paying off massively in 2022.
Now, Swiatek is considered as a dominant force on hard and clay. But Swiatek hasn't yet figured out grass and improving her grass game will certainly be one of her next goals. This year, Swiatek appeared only at Wimbledon during the grass swing.
At Wimbledon, Swiatek suffered a shock third round defeat to Alize Cornet - the defeat that ended er 37-match winning streak. After losing to Cornet, Swiatek admitted that she felt her streak could end at Wimbledon. But even without a strong Wimbledon run, Swiatek has enjoyed an impressive season.