Swiatek just played her 100th match as the world No 1.
Iga Swiatek has become the first player since Serena Williams to have played 100 matches as the world No 1 in women’s tennis, per OptaAce. On Sunday, Swiatek defeated Laura Siegemund 6-0 6-1 in the Warsaw final. With that win, Swiatek posted an 87-13 record in her first 100 matches as the world No 1.
By posting that record, Swiatek matched the great Williams – who also went 87-13 the last time she played 100 matches as the world No 1. Swiatek became the world No 1 for the first time on April 4th, 2022. Since then, there haven’t been any changes at the world No 1 spot in the women’s game.
87 – Iga Swiatek is 87-13 after her first 100 matches as the #1 in the world – the exact same record of the last player able to reach the mark of 100 WTA matches as #1, Serena Williams.
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Swiatek matches Williams’ impressive feat
To make it all sweeter for Swiatek, she played her 100th match as the world No 1 in the Warsaw final.
Warsaw is a hard-court tournament from the WTA 250 category and Swiatek was determined to become a Polish champion at a Polish WTA tournament. On Saturday, Swiatek won her Warsaw quarterfinal match and also started her semifinal match.
Since that semifinal match was delayed, Swiatek returned to the court on Sunday to finish off her semifinal match and then also played in the final.”I want to thank my team and my family. It’s not easy to play in Warsaw, but I’m so happy that we could manage and do everything we could today, after a pretty tiring day yesterday.
I wanted to put it all in and go for it. I’m pretty happy that I did,” Swiatek said after winning Warsaw.After losing just one game against Siniakova in the Warsaw final, Swiatek showed her classy side. “Laura, what you did yesterday was pretty surreal.
I don’t know if anyone would be able to survive that, but you did. Congratulations for this run, because it’s been a pretty great week, and it’s nice that we could play this final,” Swiatek told Siegemund.