When the WTA rankings get updated on Monday, April 4 after the Miami Open, Poland’s Iga Swiatek will officially become the top-ranked women’s tennis player in the world!
With world No.1 Ashleigh Barty’s unexpected retirement from tennis, second-ranked Iga Swiatek became the leading contender for the top spot. In order to secure it, the Pole had to win her second-round match at the Miami Open. On Friday, Swiatek achieved the feat in style, serving a bagel to Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in a 6-2 6-0 victory.
The 20-year-old Swiatek will be the 28th woman in WTA history to claim the No.1 ranking. Moreover, she will be the first Polish player – man or woman – to do so.
The 20-year-old Swiatek is now on a career-best 12-match win streak, following back-to-back titles at Doha and Indian Wells. She’s bidding to become only the fourth woman to win the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open in the same season, following Steffi Graf (1994, 1996), Kim Clijsters (2005), and Victoria Azarenka (2016).