Women’s tennis demands overwhelming power. Not after the Williams sister’s success has the sport been given a name that has consistently won grand slam titles. Unlike the men’s game, which was greatly overwhelmed by the ‘Big 3’, it is difficult to predict the women’s singles championship every time a major tournament is held.
The clay court season is already underway and it will not be long before Roland-Garros will host their second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open. But ahead of the 2022 tournament, there is one name that dominates the betting exchange. This is Iga Świątek, the 2020 winner and currently number one in the world.
This year has already been an amazing year for Paul, who reached the Australian Open semifinals in January and won four consecutive victories including the ‘Sunshine Double’ (Indian Wells and Miami Open). Not only that, but it also climbs the WTA rankings to occupy the top spot.
Her winning record began in February at the Qatar Total Open. Świątek received the 7th seed, but she beat Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals with one set in a row. She won her second WTA 1000 Championship by defeating Anett Kontaveit in the final without losing a game in her second set.
The third WTA 1000 final was beckoned at Indian Wells by Świątek as the third seed. En route against Maria Sakkari, she defeated both Madison Keys and Simona Halep in a streak set to defeat Greece to secure her streak of Masters titles, taking her career-high second place in the world rankings. Her win made her the first Polish women’s singles player to win a title, extending her season record to 20 wins.
Recalling her performance, she said:
“Winning after a good game in Doha gives me a lot of confidence and the belief that I can do it. … I wouldn’t consider myself someone ready to play two tournaments in a row and win.“
And after Ashleigh Barty, then world number one, retired, Świątek made history, becoming the first Polish player to reach number one in the singles list. It was announced after a second round victory over Viktorija Golubic, but was not made official until 4 April.One.
After that, Paul advanced to the Miami Open final without giving up a single set. Her consecutive set victories in her final extended Świątek’s record to 17 wins and three straight wins, and she set the record for becoming the first woman to win the first three WTA 1000 competitions of the year.
The 20-year-old played at the Stuttgart Open earlier this month and was the world’s number one top seed. She defeated Eva Lys, Emma Raducanu and Liudmila Samsonova on the way to her fourth final of the year. She and she have achieved four straight victories without being content with three consecutive WTA 1000 titles. She once again won the streak.
The 28-set undefeated streak is over, but Świątek is in exceptional condition and will work to further solidify her name in women’s tennis. A win at this year’s second slam will definitely reinforce this.