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Iga Swiatek becomes new WTA World No. 1 with Miami win


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Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates her win towards Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland through the Miami Open at Laborious Rock Stadium on March 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Pictures/AFP (Picture by MATTHEW STOCKMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Pictures by way of AFP)

Poland’s Iga Swiatek clinched turning into the new world primary in girls’s tennis on Friday by defeating Swiss participant Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 6-0 on the WTA Miami Open.

Swiatek will transfer into the highest spot vacated by Australian Ashleigh Barty after the three-time Grand Slam champion introduced her retirement earlier this week.

“Pretty surreal,” Swiatek mentioned. “On one hand, these are the most special moments that you’re going to remember for the rest of your life, but on the other hand, that match was just another match.”

The 20-year-old Warsaw-born star needed to win her second-round match on the South Florida hardcourt match to make sure she would substitute Barty within the subsequent rankings subsequent month.

After the victory, there was a quick on-court ceremony the place Swiatek was cheered and honored by match director James Blake and former WTA primary Lindsay Davenport.

“I never really imagined that moment because, truth to be told, I was working day-by-day and playing tennis well, but I never had the strong belief that it can actually happen,” Swiatek mentioned. “So it’s even more surreal for me.”

She didn’t really feel slighted by the way of all of it, coming all of a sudden after Barty’s shock farewell.

“I loved every moment of it,” Swiatek mentioned. “It doesn’t matter for me if there were fireworks. The crowd was really supportive. They were really excited. I’m just soaking everything in because I didn’t have any expectations.”

Swiatek would be the first Polish girl to achieve the rankings summit, eclipsing the outdated mark for gamers from her homeland she shared with former world quantity two Agnieszka Radwanska.

Poland’s first Grand Slam singles title was gained by Swiatek on the 2020 French Open.

Swiatek has loved a blistering begin to the season, successful WTA titles at Doha and Indian Wells, and is now on a career-best 12-match win streak.

She’s additionally the primary participant since Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in 2009 to win 5 or extra titles earlier than turning 21.

Paula Badosa might have taken over as primary had Swiatek misplaced, however the Spaniard would have wanted to win the Miami Open title to do it.

Swiatek becomes the twenty eighth girl to achieve the WTA pinnacle and the youngest since Wozniacki in 2010, however she doesn’t anticipate a lot to vary for her with the climb to the highest.

“I think it’s going to be a little bit different. Maybe the hype is going to be a little bit bigger, but I’m ready for it. And honestly, it’s part of the job,” Swiatek mentioned.

“From my perspective, I don’t think anything will change. Maybe I’ve got to watch if I’m wearing clean clothes and representing tennis well. So I’m going to be careful with that. But honestly, I’m the same person.”

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