Iga Swiatek admits at times she finds it "hard to understand how all of this success happened" to her at such an early age. Swiatek, 22, is already a four-time Grand Slam champion and has spent 75 consecutive weeks at the world No 1 spot.
It all started in 2020, when Swiatek introduced herself to the tennis world by winning the French Open at 19. Now, Swiatek has 15 titles in her collection - most notably four on the Grand Slam level and five WTA 1000 titles.
"What I have done since 2020 is pretty crazy. It is hard for me sometimes to even understand how it happened, because when I was younger I didn't know it was going to be possible for me," Swiatek said, via Relevant Tennis.
Iga Swiatek in Tokyo.
"What I have done since 2020 is pretty crazy. It is hard for me sometimes to even understand how it happened, because when I was younger I didn't know it was going to be possible for me." pic.twitter.com/Uyl6GqYLel — Relevant Tennis (@RelevantTennis) September 25, 2023
Swiatek put up a very dominant season in 2022
After Ashleigh Barty retired in 2022 March, Swiatek replaced the former three-time Grand Slam champion at the world No 1 spot.
By the end of the 2022 season, Swiatek was widely considered the best player in the women's game. Last year, Swiatek won a total of eight titles, including two Grand Slam titles. Also, Swiatek went on a run of 37 consecutive wins between February and July - that set a new record for the most consecutive wins on the WTA Tour in the 21st century.
In late 2022, Swiatek - who at the time was 21 - admitted that she definitely didn't expect to do what she did. “It’s pretty amazing. I wasn’t expecting to have this kind of good experience so soon in my career.
I thought I would have that when I was at my peak at 24 or 25 and have that experience. I am pretty happy that I am able to give my all and play well and be in that place. My dreams are coming true," Swiatek said in 2022 October.
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