Iga Swiatek Turning Heads, Making Bonkers Tennis History
19-year-old Iga Swiatek defeated Nadia Podoroska in two sets, 6-2, 6-1, at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France, on Thursday. As a result, Swiatek is now the lowest-ranked women’s finalist at the event since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975. In turn, this is significant French Open news.
Impressively, Swiatek has won all 12 sets she’s played in the tournament and dropped just 23 games through six matches so far. On Thursday, she held a 23-6 edge in winners against Podoroska. The Polish-born tennis player is now set to face either No. 4 Sofia Kenin or No. 7 Petra Kvitova.
According to a report from kget.com, Iga Swiatek listened to “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses before taking the court:
Just in case someone might get the idea this was a fluke for Swiatek, who listens to “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses in her headphones before stepping out on court: She eliminated 2018 champion and No. 1 seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round, after defeating 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova by the same score in the first.
Notably, Swiatek is also playing in the doubles semifinals with American Nicole Melichar. Though the order is tall, Swiatek wil have a chance to become the first player since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win the women’s singles and doubles at Roland Garros in the same year.
Iga Swiatke has a number of nice traits on the court. She has power at the baseline, delivering balls across the net with plenty of spin. However, she’s also a gifted returner. She came into Thursday’s contest averaging 5.4 breaks per match and added five more.
Let’s see if she can carry this momentum into the next round of the French Open.