Polish tennis star Iga Świątek won the prestigious WTA 1000 tournament in Miami, Florida, beating Naomi Osaka 6:4, 6:0. This is her third title in a row, after sweeping her rivals in Doha and Indian Wells earlier this year.
The 2020 French Open champion did not drop a single set in Miami on the way to her sixth triumph on the WTA circuit.
Having already won in Indian Wells on March 21, Iga Świątek became the first player since Victoria Azarenka in 2016 to claim the Sunshine Double – a series of two consecutive hard court tournaments in the US at the beginning of the season – the first being held at Indian Wells.
“These weeks were so intense I didn’t really know if I would be able to keep up with the streak that I have,” said Świątek, who also became the first woman to win the opening three WTA 1000 tournaments in a season.
“This season I feel like everything clicked so it’s great and I am really happy,” the Polish prodigy added.
On Monday, the 20-year-old tennis player from Raszyn will officially take the top spot in the WTA ranking as the first Polish athlete to achieve such a feat. Świątek is also the first tennis player born in the 21st century to become the leader of the world standings.
Saturday’s match brought her 17th consecutive victory. The last time Świątek lost the match was in mid-February.
The new WTA ranking leader will remain undefeated in the near time, but this time, due to her absence in Charleston.
“I am very sorry, but after the marathon of three tournaments in which I played in the finals, I sustained a minor injury due to fatigue. It may turn into something more serious if I play in another tournament shortly after Miami. I just need to take a break,” the Pole said.