Iga Swiatek breaks the bank as she surpasses $20 million career prize money, becomes first WTA player born in 2000 to achieve it

Before the US Open, Swiatek had a career earning of $19,906,763.


Iga Swiatek breaks the bank as she surpasses $20 million career prize money, becomes first WTA player born in 2000 to achieve it

Iga Swiatek (Image Credits: Nicolas Gouhier/FFT)

Iga Swiatek reached a sensational milestone after defeating Swedish tennis player Rebecca Peterson in the first round of the 2023 US Open. After beating the 28-year-old 6-0, 6-1 in straight sets, Swiatek has now earned over $20 million in prize money over the span of her career so far. 

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Before the US Open, she had earned $19,906,763, and the sum crossed the $20 million mark after she beat Rebecca Peterson, as a Round 1 win in the US Open guarantees $123,000 to the players. Iga Swiatek, who is still only 22, has become the first female player born in the 2000s to have done it. She was just a week late compared to Carlos Alcaraz, who became the first male or female player to reach the milestone. 

In the bigger picture, Swiatek has become the 23rd female player to achieve this astonishing number. She is also the 23rd all-time highest earner (in total prize money won) among female tennis players. Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Simona Halep are the top three in this list.

In the first-round match between Iga Swiatek and Rebecca Peterson, the World No. 1 maintained her composure throughout the match and got an easy straight-set win. It was really unfortunate that the Swedish player could not put up any competition at all in this match. 

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Iga Swiatek continues her journey to defend her US Open title

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek (Source: India Today)

With this phenomenal win in Round 1, Iga Swiatek has definitely received a massive boost in her confidence, which was much needed after her loss against Coco Gauff in the semi-final of the 2023 Cincinnati Open. It is a great way to announce her entry into the 2023 US Open. 

She will now face Australian tennis player Daria Saville in Round 2 of the competition as she continues her campaign to defend her title. Swiatek, who won the previous edition of the tournament, is the top seed and also the favorite to win it. However, she will be under tremendous competition against a few players like Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka, to name a few. 

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