Iga Swiatek beats Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz to win a prestigious award
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Iga Swiatek enters more and more in the history of sport. The Polish tennis player has dominated the season that has just ended: two Grand Slam titles won, the Roland Garros and Us Open. Furthermore, four Masters 1000 titles out of a total of eight obtained: Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Rome, as well as Stuttgart and San Diego.
The top of the ranking, reached after Barty's retirement and never questioned throughout the calendar year. A domain that does not only concern the playing court: it was almost obvious to award her the award of best player of 2022 in the Wta Awards.
Recognition that extends and goes beyond the world of tennis, involving the whole world of sport. In fact, the Pole was voted the best European sportswoman of the year, one of the most important awards in the history of sport.
The world number one beat the Swedish pole vaulter and Olympic champion, Armand Duplantis, and the Formula 1 world champion, the Dutch Max Verstappen. To close the top 5, however, there are two other tennis players: the Spanish duo, who partially dominated the men's circuit, or Carlos Alcaraz, who finished in fourth place, and Rafael Nadal, who finished in fifth place.
Iga Swiatek's goals for 2023
Awarded best player in 2022, Iga Swiatek is already thinking about 2023. In an interview with The National, the world number one revealed her goals for the new season. The season will start from Australia, where the Pole goes in search of achievements.
She said: "Targets? As for the goals, I'm still thinking about it. I usually pair them on New Year's Eve along with new and good New Year's resolutions. And honestly it's a bit strange because I've never played such a good and positive year in my life.
I want to stay consistent, sure, but to talk about specific goals I probably still need some time." As with anyone, she will also start the season in Australia where she will represent Poland in the United Cup.
Iga Swiatek was elected Athlete of the Year in the 65th edition of the annual poll held by Poland's PAP news agency, which includes votes from 26 European news agencies.
1. Iga Swiatek
2. Armand Duplantis
3. Max Verstappen
4. Carlos Alcaraz
5. Rafael Nadal — Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) December 26, 2022