104 Facts About Iga Swiatek


Iga Natalia Swiatek is a Polish professional tennis player.

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Iga Swiatek is currently ranked world No 1 by the Women's Tennis Association.

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Iga Swiatek is the first player representing Poland to win a major singles title.

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Iga Swiatek began playing regularly on the WTA Tour in 2019, and entered the top 50 at 18 years old after her maiden WTA final and a fourth-round appearance at the 2019 French Open.

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Iga Swiatek entered the top ten of the WTA rankings for the first time in May 2021 after winning the Italian Open.

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Iga Swiatek won another WTA 1000 title in Miami, becoming the fourth woman to win the Sunshine Double.

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Iga Swiatek won the WTA Fan Favorite Shot of the Year in 2019 with a drop shot from the baseline, and was voted WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year in 2020.

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Iga Swiatek was born on 31 May 2001 in Warsaw to Dorota and Tomasz Swiatek.

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Iga Swiatek's father is a former rower who competed in the men's quadruple sculls event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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Iga Swiatek has a sister Agata who is about three years older and is a student of dentistry at the Medical University of Lublin.

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Iga Swiatek's father wanted his daughters to become competitive athletes and preferred they take up an individual sport rather than a team sport to have better control of their chances of success.

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Iga Swiatek followed her sister into tennis because she wanted to beat her and because she wanted to be more like her.

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Iga Swiatek trained at Mera Warsaw as a 14-year-old before later moving to Legia Warsaw.

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Iga Swiatek began competing in ITF Junior Circuit events in 2015 and won back-to-back low-level Grade 4 titles in April and May at age 13.

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Iga Swiatek made her junior Grand Slam debut in 2016 at the French Open, reaching the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles.

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Iga Swiatek followed this up with her best junior title to date at the Grade 1 Canadian Open Junior Championships, defeating Olga Danilovic in the final.

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Iga Swiatek won both the singles and doubles titles at the Grade 1 Traralgon Junior International.

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Iga Swiatek then reached her first Grade A singles final at the Trofeo Bonfiglio, losing to Elena Rybakina.

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Iga Swiatek's season came to an end after another quarterfinal at the French Open, after which she had right ankle surgery that kept her out for seven months.

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Iga Swiatek returned to the junior tour at the French Open after a one-year absence and reached the semifinals in singles, losing to Caty McNally.

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Iga Swiatek fared better in doubles, partnering with McNally to win her first junior Grand Slam title.

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Iga Swiatek then teamed up with the Slovenian Kaja Juvan to compete in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.

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Iga Swiatek began competing on the ITF Women's Circuit in 2016 and played on the circuit through the end of 2018.

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Iga Swiatek won all seven ITF singles finals she reached, ranging from the first four at the $10K to $15K level to one at the $25K level followed up by two at the $60K level.

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Iga Swiatek then defeated No 82 Ana Bogdan in three sets in her debut match to reach the second round.

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Iga Swiatek ultimately finished runner-up to Polona Hercog in three sets.

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Iga Swiatek closed out her clay court season with a fourth round appearance at the French Open in her second major.

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Iga Swiatek's best result in the second half of the season was a third round appearance at the Canadian Open.

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Iga Swiatek missed the rest of the season after the US Open to undergo foot surgery and finished the year at No 61 in the world.

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Iga Swiatek made her return to the WTA Tour at the Australian Open.

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Iga Swiatek matched her best result at a Grand Slam tournament with another fourth-round appearance, this time highlighted by a victory over No 20, Donna Vekic.

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Iga Swiatek defeated Vekic again at the Qatar Open, her last match win before the WTA Tour was shut down for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Iga Swiatek continued her Grand Slam success once the tour resumed.

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Iga Swiatek reached the third round at the US Open, losing to eventual runner-up Victoria Azarenka.

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Iga Swiatek's biggest upset was a victory in the fourth round over top seed and world No 2, Simona Halep, who was on a 17-match win streak and was the heavy favourite to win the title.

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Iga Swiatek only lost three games against Halep after winning just one game against her in the same round of the French Open the previous year.

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Iga Swiatek defeated world No 6, Sofia Kenin, in the final to become the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title and the lowest-ranked French Open champion in the history of the WTA rankings.

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Iga Swiatek became the youngest singles champion at the tournament since Rafael Nadal in 2005 and the youngest women's singles winner since Monica Seles in 1992.

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Iga Swiatek won the title without dropping a set or more than five games to any opponent, and the 28 games she lost in total were tied for the second-fewest among French Open singles champions in the Open Era behind only the 20 games Steffi Graf lost in 1988.

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Iga Swiatek played the doubles event, partnering with Nicole Melichar for the first time.

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At the Australian Open, Iga Swiatek was seeded 15th and recorded wins over Arantxa Rus, Camila Giorgi and Fiona Ferro.

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Iga Swiatek reached the fourth round where she lost to Simona Halep, in three sets.

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Iga Swiatek defeated Belinda Bencic in the final, in straight sets.

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Iga Swiatek became the third player to win a title after saving match point en route in 2021, alongside Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open and Ashleigh Barty in Miami.

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Iga Swiatek became the fourth teenager to win a WTA 1000 event.

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Iga Swiatek opened her title defense winning against Kaja Juvan in the first round, and then defeated Rebecca Peterson, Anett Kontaveit and Marta Kostyuk.

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Iga Swiatek won 22 straight sets at the French Open but then lost in the quarterfinals to Maria Sakkari.

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Iga Swiatek started her grass-court season at the Eastbourne International where she was seeded at No 4.

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Iga Swiatek started her season at the 2022 Adelaide International in January, seeded fifth.

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Iga Swiatek was scheduled to play at the 2022 Sydney International, seeded sixth, and her first match was scheduled to be against Emma Raducanu, but she pulled out of the tournament due to a rib injury.

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Iga Swiatek entered into the 2022 Australian Open, where she was seeded seventh.

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Iga Swiatek defeated qualifier Harriet Dart in the first round, Rebecca Peterson in the second round and Daria Kasatkina in the third round.

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Iga Swiatek reached her first Australian Open quarterfinal after defeating Sorana Cirstea in the fourth round.

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Iga Swiatek defeated Viktorija Golubic and Daria Kasatkina in the second and third rounds respectively.

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At Indian Wells, Iga Swiatek reached her third WTA 1000 final, where, as the third seed, she defeated Anhelina Kalinina, Clara Tauson and Angelique Kerber in three sets, and Madison Keys and Simona Halep in straight sets.

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Iga Swiatek defeated sixth seed Maria Sakkari in straight sets to win her fifth title.

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Iga Swiatek is the only Polish tennis player, male or female, to have ever held the number 1 ranking in singles, and the second Polish tennis player after Lukasz Kubot to hold a number-one ranking in singles or doubles.

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Iga Swiatek beat Naomi Osaka in the final, becoming the fourth as well as the youngest woman to complete the Sunshine Double and the 1st woman to win the first three WTA 1000 events of the year.

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However, in 27 April 2022, it was announced that Iga Swiatek pulled out of the Madrid Open due to her right shoulder injury.

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Iga Swiatek said she will be taking a break to treat her arm, and will be preparing for the upcoming Italian Open in Rome and French Open in Paris.

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Iga Swiatek became the seventh player to reach two finals in Rome before turning 21.

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Iga Swiatek went one step further to reach the final by defeating Daria Kasatkina.

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Iga Swiatek became only the 10th woman to win multiple French Open singles titles in the Open Era.

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Iga Swiatek finished the tournament with a 35-match winning streak, matching the longest unbeaten streak since Venus Williams in 2000 and becoming the 8th woman in the Open Era with 35 or more wins in a row.

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At Wimbledon, Iga Swiatek won her first and second round matches before losing to Alize Cornet in straight sets in round three.

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Iga Swiatek lost the third round to Haddad Maia and Madison Keys respectively.

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Iga Swiatek reached the quarterfinals for the first time at this Major and the third of the season defeating Jule Niemeier to become the first Polish woman to reach this level at this Grand Slam.

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Iga Swiatek is the first Polish woman to win the US Open bringing her to a total of three major titles.

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Subsequently, Iga Swiatek played at San Diego Open, defeating Zheng Qinwen, Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, and the qualifier Donna Vekic in the final, which made it her 8th title of the season.

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Iga Swiatek became the first player since Serena Williams to claim the most titles, to win the most matches and to achieve the most 'bagels' in a year.

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Iga Swiatek represented Poland at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals for 14-and-under girls twice in 2014 and 2015.

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Iga Swiatek won all of her matches in 2014 to lead Poland to a ninth-place finish out of 16 teams.

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Iga Swiatek moved up to the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup in 2016, where she played alongside Maja Chwalinska and Stefania Rogozinska-Dzik.

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Iga Swiatek won both of her rubbers in the final tie, defeating Amanda Anisimova in singles before partnering with Chwalinska to defeat Caty McNally and Claire Liu in the decisive doubles rubber.

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Iga Swiatek has an aggressive, all-court style of play and incorporates a lot of variety into her game.

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Iga Swiatek has described her style of play on clay as "a big serve, topspin, and backhand down the line".

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The New York Times has stated that Iga Swiatek has a phenomenal, elastic, sliding defense into the corners, often out of the near-splits popularized by Kim Clijsters and Novak Djokovic; sprinter's speed moving forward and heavyweight punching power and penetration off the ground with the topspin forehand like her role model Rafael Nadal.

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Iga Swiatek aims to come to the net, and has good volleying skills due to her doubles experience.

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Iga Swiatek possesses an effective kick serve, and an effective slice serve, which are deployed as second serves, preventing opponents from scoring free points.

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Iga Swiatek regularly uses the drop shot, and won the 2019 WTA Shot of the Year with a cross-court drop shot from the baseline that landed on the sideline well inside the service box.

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Iga Swiatek aims to gain the advantage in a point by hitting the ball early on the rise.

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Iga Swiatek is notable for her positive mental attitude, calm demeanour and composure under pressure, which has been credited to her work with sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz.

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Iga Swiatek finished runner-up to Simona Halep in the voting for the WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year award in 2019.

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In December 2021, Iga Swiatek announced that she is splitting from coach Piotr Sierzputowski after nearly six years working together.

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Iga Swiatek has been sponsored by Asics for clothing since the start of 2020.

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Iga Swiatek is endorsed by the Red Bull energy drink company, the Chinese tech giant Xiaomi and the Lexus division of the Toyota automaker company, the latter of which have sponsored fellow Polish tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska.

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In 2021, Iga Swiatek signed an endorsement deal with Tecnifibre for racquets; she previously used a Prince Textreme 100 Tour racquet, although she was not under contract with the company.

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Iga Swiatek's father confirmed that she had signed a contract with Rolex in 2021.

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Since 2021 Iga Swiatek has been involved with The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

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Iga Swiatek has put up her winning racket from final of her first French Open, the racket ended up getting sold with the price of 131,300 zl, which outpriced the signed Champions League winning kit of Robert Lewandowski, money helped to fund new equipment for pediatric ENT, otolaryngology and head diagnostics.

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Besides the racket Iga Swiatek put her signed Tokyo Olympics 2020 kit, her signature cap and multiple tennis balls with autographs up for auction.

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Iga Swiatek took part in auction for SOS Children's Villages- Poland, putting up her autographed cap from Miami Open.

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In one of interviews the teacher from Iga Swiatek's elementary school in Raszyn revealed that after winning her second French Open title, she pledged to help upgrade the school's sports facilities, among which was a single tennis court.

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Iga Swiatek donated the shirt she wore in the final, tennis balls and her cap to the school, all signed for auction to raise money for one of the students who needed urgent and expensive medical treatment.

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In November 2021 Iga Swiatek was announced in line-up for Africa Cares Tennis Challenge tennis exhibition in Johannesburg, which was aimed to not only promote tennis in South Africa but was to be used as a vehicle in the fight against Gender-Based Violence through campaigns and activations leading up to the main event.

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On 10 October 2021, Iga Swiatek donated $50,000 of her prize money in support of World Mental Health Day, after progressing to the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

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On 23 July 2022, Iga Swiatek hosted a charity tennis event in Krakow, Poland to raise funds for children and teenagers impacted by the war in Ukraine.

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Iga Swiatek is a cat lover and owns a black female cat named Grappa.

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Iga Swiatek mentioned she's a fan of actress Sandra Bullock and her films.

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Besides being a successful sportswoman Iga Swiatek was always known as excellent and dilligent student in primary and high-school, despite her tour schedules she always studied during the tournaments before coming back to school in person to pass the tests.

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Iga Swiatek admitted that she would like to go to university and study something related to mathematics later in life.

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Iga Swiatek is a known book lover on WTA tour, for every tournament she usually brings different books from Agatha Christie, George Orwell and Alexandre Dumas to more classic books like Wuthering Heights or The Great Gatsby.

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Iga Swiatek openly admits that books help her concentrate on tournaments and help her to not use her phone "for longer than needed".

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The prosecutor revealed that intelligence obtained from Ogunrinde's email address indicated that he had been operating as Iga Swiatek and using her name and fame to scam money from foreigners.

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