World No 1 Iga Swiatek issued a pretty humble statement after being named the WTA Player of the Year as the Pole is just grateful that her 2023 success is being recognized and acknowledged. On Monday, the WTA announced Swiatek as the WTA Player of the Year for the 2023 season.
For the 22-year-old Pole, this has been the second consecutive season in which she has won the award. By achieving the accolade in two consecutive years, Swiatek became the first player to do so in back-to-back seasons since Serena Williams from 2012 to 2015.
"Thank you for this acknowledgment and recognition. See you soon!" Swiatek wrote on X.
Swiatek is the 2023 WTA Player of the Year
After a dominant 2022 season, Swiatek didn't put the same numbers in 2023 but it was still a very great season for the Pole, who most notably managed to defend her French Open title.
Also, Swiatek won five more titles in 2023 and managed to finish the season as the world No 1 for the second consecutive season. Swiatek's six titles in 2023 were also the most won by a WTA player. "World No.1 Iga Swiatek has been voted as the WTA Player of the Year for the second year in a row, becoming the first player to earn the accolade in back-to-back seasons since Serena Williams from 2012 to 2016.
Swiatek won a tour-leading six titles, defending her Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, winning the WTA 1000 China Open (Beijing), WTA 500 events at the Qatar TotalEnergies Open (Doha) and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart), on home soil at the WTA 250 BNP Paribas Warsaw Open before closing out the season going unbeaten at the GNP Seguros WTA Finals Cancun.
Her first WTA Finals crown also secured her the year-end No.1 singles ranking for the second consecutive season," the WTA said in a statement on Monday. After successful 2022 and 2023 seasons, Swiatek will certainly be determined to achieve more success next year.