World No. 4 and the 2nd seed at the Indian Wells 2021, Iga Swiatek crashed out of the tournament in the 4th round against former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko with the Latvian winning the match 6-4, 6-3. Iga was one of the title favourites this week but Jelena came out with a perfect strategy and executed it perfectly to oust the Polish youngster.
During her 3rd round match against Veronika Kudermetova whom she beat 6-1, 6-0 winning the match in just 54 minutes. While it was a routine outing for Iga who is now forming a reputation to win matches quickly, multi-billionaire and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates was in the stands catching the action live of the Swiatek and Kudermetova match.
Bill Gates has been an avid tennis fan and is often spotted in stands of various tennis events on both the WTA and ATP Tours. The official Twitter handle of WTA uploaded the video of Gates watching the match and Iga took to her Twitter handle to react to the tweet. “Well…I think I’m better in tennis than with Excel. I hope you enjoyed the match @BillGates,” captioned Iga.
Iga Swiatek has seen a dip in her form since the end of Clay season
Iga had a fantastic Clay season winning the 2021 Italian Open defeating Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in the finals winning it in 46 minutes. She then reached the quarter-finals of the 2021 French Open ending her streak of 11 consecutive wins at the Roland Garros. However, since then, she has seen a dip in her form.
During the Grass season, her best run came at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships where she reached the 4th round before losing to Ons Jabeur in 3-sets. She next played at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she was defeated in the 2nd round by Spain’s Paula Badosa. Back on the Tour, she was shocked in the 2nd round by Jabeur once again at the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
At the 2021 US Open, she was defeated in the 4th round by Belinda Bencic and then lost in the semi-finals of the 2021 Ostrava Open losing to Maria Sakkari. She looked in great touch at the Indian Wells but saw another 4th round defeat. With the season about to end, Iga will look to point out the flaws before the next season begins.