“Best ambassador for tennis,” – Iga Swiatek gets a thumbs up from fans as she completes first year as World No.1

Iga Swiatek marches into her 53rd consecutive week as World No.1.

“Best ambassador for tennis,” – Iga Swiatek gets a thumbs up from fans as she completes first year as World No.1

Iga Swiatek (Image Credit: WTA)

Iga Swiatek completed her 52nd consecutive week as World No.1 in the WTA singles rankings. However, she climbed to the top spot for the first time in her career on April 4, 2022 what became one of the most dominant and successful seasons in her career.

She achieved this feat after winning the Sunshine Doubles. But it was only the start as she next won the French Open and US Open women’s singles title and also 6 WTA titles in the same year.

WTA celebrated this occasion with a social media post.

1 year of #1GA. @iga_swiatek rose to World No.1 for the first time on this day in 2022!” the caption read.

Iga Swiatek is very close to breaking Serena Williams record who spent 57 consecutive weeks as World No.1 in 2002-03 during her first stint at the top of the rankings.

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Social media reacts to Iga Swiatek’s World No.1 record

Iga Swiatek (Image Credit: Twitter)
Iga Swiatek (Image Credit: Twitter)

As Iga Swiatek enters into the 53rd week as World No.1 the situation has changed dramatically on the WTA tour. New challenges and challengers has emerged which seeks to topple the Polish player from her position.

Aryna Sabalenka is right behind Iga Swiatek as World No.2. She won her career’s maiden Grand Slam singles title this season, i.e., the Australian Open. The World No.3 Jessica Pegula is also one of the most formidable opponents on the court. She was able to beat her in the semi-final round of the United Cup. Although, Iga Swiatek did beat her in the final of the Qatar Open, she must be wary of the American threat.

The newest challenger which has emerged for Iga Swiatek this season is Elena Rybakina. The Wimbledon 2022 champion is in tremendous form this year. She has already defeated her twice. Besides them, Ons Jabeur and Barbora Krejcikova are also big threats. Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek is also struggling with her fitness. She had to withdraw from the Miami Open because of an injury.

Her fans, meanwhile are ecstatic with her achievement. They are in celebration mood. Many are also wishing for her successful run to continue. Here are few reactions that came in.

Incredible.1 year as number 1,” the caption read in English. (Translated through Google Translate).

The huge gap in ranking points between her and the rest of the competition is a cushion which will allow her to enjoy the top spot hopefully for this year too.Also, she has performed considerably well in the tournaments played on clay surface. The clay swing of the season has begun. Hence, it is expected that she will find her form and rhythm back soon. She will also be defending her French Open singles title this year.

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