Hello and happy Wednesday, hoddlers. A quick little tour for you today, because Fitzie has to do her taxes.
Ashleigh Barty shocked the tennis world last month when she announced her retirement from the sport aged 25. Sitting at world No. 1 and three Grand Slam titles to her name, it looked like she was just beginning a dominant reign.
And so women’s tennis must now fill the void left by Barty. Now that she’s completely dropped from the rankings, the sport has a new world number one: Iga Swiatek.
Swiatek is the first Polish male or female player to reach world number one and has already won six titles by the age of 20, including the 2019 French Open and the Miami Open last week.
Here are some other fun facts about Iga Swiatek:
- She’s a big fan of Rafael Nadal: Swiatek has often cited Nadal as one of his sporting heroes due to his playing style and mentality on the pitch. Even as recently as this year, she said she was analyzing her matches:
“I watched a lot of tennis over the past two years and saw many comebacks and many times where Rafa, for example, wasn’t playing his best tennis but he always found solutions,” he said. she stated. WTA Insider.
- She has good musical taste: Share your Pandora playlist with Tennis.com, it’s clear what kind of genre she is. It’s filled with The Doors, Etta James, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd and Lana Del Ray.
- She has a style of play on all courts: This means that she likes to use all aspects of the field. Swiatek hits his forehand at a faster rate than the average player on tour, and his backhand is just as deadly from topspin charges. But she still has a ton of variety for such an aggressive player.
Take a look at this drop shot, which was crowned Shot of the Year 2019:
- She has the game to be a dominant player on the circuit for a long time.: We already know she’s good enough to be the best in the world and go on to win major tournaments, but it’s her focus on the mental side of the game that also sets Swiatek apart from her opponents.
Swiatek also got off to a good start this year. She was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open and won the rare back-to-back swing at the prestigious Indian Wells and Miami tournaments. She hasn’t even started playing on clay, her best surface.
Swiatek will have her rivals – Paula Badosa, Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka, Naomi Osaka – but she’s eliminated them all in the last 12 months. It will be fascinating to see how the Polish phenom performs now with all the pressure on his shoulders.
Fitzie’s track of the day: Stormy Weather, by Etta James
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