Iga Świątek still reigns undisputed in the tennis world

Last Saturday, Iga Świątek defeated the Czech Karolina Muchova in the final of the French Open (6-2; 5-7; 6-4) and won her third crown in Paris. 

Before the start of the tournament, the Pole was not even at her best physically due to an injury. However, she showed she remains the undisputed boss in the French capital. 

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Iga’s first week at Roland Garros was breathtaking. The Pole executed her rivals one after another with clinical efficiency. Later on in the tournament, she encountered more resistance. However, none of the other contenders managed to really question her domination and status of absolute favourite at Porte d’Auteuil.  

At 22, the young Varsovian has now won four grand slams, already more than some retired stars such as Lindsay Davenport or Jennifer Capriati, who both won three of these most prestigious trophies. “1GA” has now also won 14 titles in total on the WTA tour. 

She reached the top of the WTA ranking on 4 April 2022, after the unexpected retirement of the then-world number 1, Ashleigh Barty. She has remained number 1 since then for 63 consecutive weeks and counting.

Ranking of all-time most WTA weeks as world number 1 (Source: Wikipedia)

Swiątek is therefore assured of taking over the Romanian Simone Halep in the all-time ranking of female players, with most weeks as world number one. Halep held the position for 64 weeks. If the Pole maintains this pace, she is likely also to take over the Danish Caroline Wozniacki (71 weeks) and enter the prestigious top 10 in this regard. (see above)

The only player who could potentially prevent this scenario is the Belarussian Aryna Sabalenka. As of 25 May 2023, Iga is 928 points ahead of the latter, which is a relatively comfortable advance in the short term. 

The 2023 edition of the French Open showed without a doubt that Iga Świątek remains the boss on the Paris clay and of the WTA tour more broadly. How far can she go after having already achieved so much at such an early age? Her fans cannot wait to find out!

 

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Author: Sébastien Meuwissen

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