Pam Shriver backs Iga Swiatek for a ‘three-peat’ of World No. 1 finishes after snatching the crown from Aryna Sabalenka in the final match of 2023 season
Pam Shriver puts her money on Iga Swiatek achieving the World No. 1 rank for the third consecutive time in her career.
Pam Shriver and Iga Swiatek ( Reuters and Aceify)
Former American tennis player Pam Shriver has backed the Polish tennis star, Iga Swiatek, as she believes that the 22-year-old is very well capable of ending the year at the top of the world rankings for a consecutive period of three years.
The 2023 French Open champion reclaimed her World No. 1 position after her ecstatic performance in the WTA Finals in Mexico earlier this year. This is the second year the Polish have ended the year as No. 1. Believing that she can pull off a ‘three-peat of World No. 1 finishes, the American tennis broadcaster stated:
If I had to bet on somebody to be No.1 at the end of next year, I’d bet on Iga. Why? She’s just the most consistent. She knows what it takes to get it done across the 11-month calendar.Via We Love Tennis
The four-time Grand Slam champion has had quite an eventful year this year on tour. She lost her World No. 1 ranking after a surprising defeat to Jelena Ostapenko in the round of 16 clash at the US Open earlier this year.
Pam Shriver appreciated the Polish team and how they worked together, contributing to Iga Swiatek’s success. She applauded the work ethic and discipline of the youngster. Adding further, the American added:
Iga has a great team around her, and she knows when she needs to not play. Plus, she’s really disciplined.
Pam Shriver is all praises for World No. 1 Iga Swiatek
When asked who she feels will be at the top of the world rankings in the upcoming 2024 season, the American named Iga Swiatek with confidence. She feels that even at the young age of 22, the Polish has a sense of maturity regarding her game and that she will try to make subtle changes to it.
Remembering the first time the 4-time Grand Slam title champion reached the World No. 1 position in her career, the former American tennis player mentioned:
And don’t forget that the first time she reached No.1 it was because Barty retired. This time, Iga went and grabbed it back. In terms of grit and intensity, I like what I saw there.
With that being said, it will be interesting to see how she will maintain her current form and rank going into the next season with high hopes.
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