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Iga Świątek

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Iga Świątek Tennisspieler
Iga Świątek
Iga Świątek 2018 at the Summer Youth Olympic Games
Nation: PolandPolen Poland
Birthday: 31. May 2001
(19 years)
Size: 176 cm
1. Professional Season: 2016
Playing Hand: Right, two-handed backhand
Coach: Piotr Sierzputowski
Prize money: 3.$332,979
Single
Career record: 123:36
Career Title: 2 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest Placement: 15 (March 1, 2021)
Current Placement: 15
Grand Slam record
Double
Career record: 19:11
Career Title: 0 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest Placement: 58 (May 10, 2021)
Current Placement: 58
Grand Slam record
Mixed
Grand Slam record
Last update of the infobox:
May 10, 2021
Sources: official player profiles at the ATP/WTA (see weblinks)

Iga Natalia Świątek[1]

[ˈiɡa naˈtalʲja ˈɕfʲjɔ̃ntɛk] (born 31 May 2001 in Warsaw) is a Polish tennis player. Her greatest achievement to date is winning the title at the 2020 French Open. She is the first Polish woman to win a Grand Slam tournament.[2]

Career

Iga Świątek, whose father Tomasz was a rower in the Polish double sculls at the 1988 Seoul Olympics,[3] began playing tennis at the age of six. Already as a junior, she was able to celebrate her first major triumphs. In 2018, for example, she first won the doubles competition of the junior women’s event at the French Open alongside Catherine McNally after a final victory over Japan’s Yūki Naitō and Naho Satō, and less than a month later she won the junior women’s title at Wimbledon after an outright two-set victory over Switzerland’s Leonie Küng. That same year, she teamed up with Kaja Juvan to triumph in the girls’ doubles at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and reached the quarterfinals in singles. For her victory there, she was nominated for the Piotr Nurowski Prize in 2018. In 2019, she reached her highest position in the junior women’s world rankings at number five.

Back in 2016, Świątek made her debut on the ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour and won her first professional title in the same year. In 2017, she was victorious in two more ITF tournaments, but due to a right ankle injury that required surgery, she had to take a break for the rest of the season starting in June.[4] She made her comeback seven months later in the Fed Cup for the Polish Fed Cup team against Bulgaria. Over the course of 2018, Świątek improved with more than 40 wins to just six must-win losses and three titles,[5] including her biggest ever at a $60,000 tournament in Budapest, into the top 200 in the world rankings.

In 2018 Świątek made her debut for the Polish Fed Cup team in a 2-1 win over Turkey. Since then she has played ten matches for her country in singles and doubles, winning seven of them (singles record 5:2)
In 2016 she won the Junior Fed Cup together with Maja Chwalińska and Stefania Rogozińska Dzik. In the final they beat the team from the United States 2:1.

Iga Świątek in May 2019

In 2019, Świątek played her first Grand Slam qualifier at the Australian Open, where she reached the second round on her first attempt after defeating Ana Bogdan. She then advanced to her first WTA Tour final in Lugano in her second main draw appearance, where she lost to Polona Hercog in three sets. Świątek then surprised at the French Open by reaching the round of 16, but lost outright to Simona Halep, and advanced to the third round at the Rogers Cup in Montreal as a qualifier after defeating Caroline Wozniacki. After reaching the second round at the US Open, she ended the season ranked in the top 50 in the world for the first time.

In 2020 Świątek reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time at the Australian Open, where she lost to Anett Kontaveit in three sets. Before the season was interrupted by the pandemic, she achieved her best-ever world ranking of 48th. At the US Open, she reached the third round, where she lost to eventual finalist Wiktoryja Azaranka. A few weeks later, she reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open in October without losing a set, which she won against Sofia Kenin in two sets, 6-4 and 6-1. Earlier, she won her match against top-seeded Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2 in the round of 16. By winning her first Grand Slam title, she moved up to 17th in the world rankings.

Tournament wins

Single

No. Date Tournament Category Topping Final opponent Result
1. 30. October 2016 SwedenSchweden Stockholm ITF $10,000 Hard court (indoor) RomaniaRumänien Laura-Ioana Andrei 6:4, 6:3
2. 18. February 2017 ItalyItalien Bergamo ITF $15,000 Sand ItalyItalien Martina Di Giuseppe 6:4, 3:6, 6:3
3. 7. May 2017 HungaryUngarn Győr ITF $15,000 Sand Czech RepublicTschechien Gabriela Horacková 6:2, 6:2
4. 25. February 2018 EgyptÄgypten Sharm ash-Shaykh ITF $15,000 Hard court BelgiumBelgien Britt Geukens 6:3, 6:1
5. 15. April 2018 United StatesVereinigte Staaten Pelham ITF $25,000 Sand United StatesVereinigte Staaten Allie Klick 6:2, 6:0
6. 1. September 2018 HungaryUngarn Budapest ITF $60,000 Sand UkraineUkraine Katarina Sawazka 6:2, 6:2
7. 9. September 2018 SwitzerlandSchweiz Montreux ITF $80,000 Sand BelgiumBelgien Kimberley Zimmermann 6:2, 6:2
8. 10. October 2020 FranceFrankreich French Open Grand slam Sand United StatesVereinigte Staaten Sofia Kenin 6:4, 6:1
9. 27. February 2021 AustraliaAustralien Adelaide WTA 500 Hard court SwitzerlandSchweiz Belinda Bencic 6:2, 6:2

Awards

  • 4. Rank Piotr Nurowski Prize – 2018
  • WTA Rising Star of the Year – 2020[6]

Web links

Commons: Iga Świątek– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Buenos Aires 2018 – Tennis – Women’s Doubles.24 October 2018, accessed 14 October 2020 (English).
  2. 19-year-old sensationally wins the French Open (October 10, 2020)
  3. Swiatek follows father’s footsteps 38 years later.In: ausopen.com. 26 January 2020, retrieved 23 July 2020 (English).
  4. Lekarz: Światek czeka kilkumiesieczna rehabilitacja. ale nie podda sie, jest twarda.In: przegladsportowy.pl. 30 June 2017, accessed 9 June 2018 (Polish).
  5. WTA Scouting Report: Iga Swiatek takes her shot at the top.In: wtatennis.com. 30 December 2019, retrieved 23 July 2020 (English).
  6. 2020 WTA Player and Coach awards revealed.In: wtatennis.com. 8 December 2020, accessed 9 December 2020.