who is Iga Swiatek, the women’s world number one in the tournament?

Cédric Chasseur, edited by Wassila Belhacine
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4:21 p.m., June 02, 2022

The Russian Daria Kasatkina lost Thursday at Roland-Garros against the big favorite of this tournament, the Polish Iga Swiatek. The number one in world tennis stacks up records: she has the third longest winning streak of the century with 33 matches won. She has won more games this season than any other player.

Some compare it to a tornado. But Iga Swiatek, world number one in tennis, looks more like a hurricane that no one can stop. The numbers speak for the Pole this season: four WTA 1000 tournaments gleaned this season, 16 sets won 6-0, including three in this Roland-Garros tournament. The 21-year-old Pole crushes the competition despite her young age. And has just qualified for the final of the tournament on Thursday against the Russian Daria Kasatkina.

With 33 consecutive victories behind, Iga Swiatek has the third longest winning streak of the century, Serena Williams (34) and Venus Williams (35), which she could match if she wins the final on Saturday. She has won more matches, 41, this season than any other player.

“I realize that I can be number one”

“There are no limits for me. I feel more liberated now, because I have managed to prove a number of things to myself. Things have changed in my mind, I realize that I can be number one. I can handle this situation properly. It’s rather pleasant”, says the player at the microphone of Europe 1, who challenges the Russian Daria Kastakina Thursday in the semi-final.

All the lights are green for the Polish who is only one game away from a second title at Roland-Garros. A small feat, when you know that in the last 25 editions of the Porte d’Auteuil tournament, only four players have won by being seeded number one.


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