Iga Swiatek loses world No. 1 spot but achieves another impressive ranking milestone

Swiatek broke into the top 10 for the first time in 2021 May.

Iga Swiatek has achieved another very notable milestone as the 22-year-old Pole entered her 100th consecutive week in the top 10 this Monday. Swiatek, ranked No. 2 in the world, broke into the top 10 for the first time in her career on May 17th, 2021.

Since then, Swiatek hasn’t exited the top-10. On April 4th, 2022, Swiatek reached the world No 1 ranking for the first time in her career. Swiatek remained at the top spot for well over a year as the Pole just lost the world No 1 ranking to Aryna Sabalenka after this year’s US Open.

✨ Iga Swiatek 🤝 New Milestone ✨

The current world no. 2 has now spent 100 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the WTA rankings.

Swiatek lost the No. 1 spot at the US Open
Following a US Open round-of-16 loss and failing to defend her title, Swiatek also lost the top spot on the WTA rankings to Sabalenka.

After falling to No. 2 in the world, Swiatek reflected on her lengthy stay at the top spot. “Last 1,5 years was a time of observing and experiencing how much people talk and write about ‘defending’, ‘defense’ – of titles, ranking position, points…

I was surprised sometimes to start to think this way because of this. But… I don’t need to defend anything and this is a good moment to write down some thoughts. For me sport is a cycle of constant changes exactly like in everyday life, we can either win or lose – that’s it, it’s so simple.

New season, next tournament, new opportunities to GAIN, ACHIEVE, not defend something. Clean slate. During this year’s US swing, I could win and achieve more, that’s for sure. I know some of you expected more, many of you expected ‘defending’ the no 1 ranking, the title.

But I stick to my mindset: when I work hard, I’m developing myself and doing my job, I will create many more chances to WIN, to ACHIEVE my goals, and not to defend. The way to do it is to constantly focus on my high standards in what I do and learn from the best in this sport and from my team.

And yes… What a journey it was as a number 1 in women’s tennis!” Swiatek said in a message posted earlier this month.

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