Iga Swiatek dominated 2022. After Ash Barty's retirement from tennis, with the delivery of the top of the WTA ranking to the Polish tennis player, the latter never left that position, grinding successes after successes. A dominance in the first part of the season, with the victory of three consecutive 1000 titles: Doha and the Sunshine Doubles, Indian Wells and Miami.
Then, the two Grand Slam titles: first the Roland Garros, beating Coco Gauff in the final, then the Us Open, defeating the world number two Ons Jabeur. For all these goals and for her commitment to the Ukrainian cause in terms of war moved by Russia, the three-time Grand Slam champion is among the 100 most influential personalities in the world according to Time, as reported by the US magazine.
This year she is in the company of a series of important sportsmen: Brittney Griner, Patrick Mahomes, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Mikaela Shiffrin.
Shiffrin praises Swiatek
To explain the presence of her in this list there is Mikaela Shiffrin.
The American skier, who shared a live broadcast with the tennis player and who is also on this prestigious list, wrote about her fellow athlete: "During her rise to the top of tennis and sport, Iga has shown vulnerability and courage.
Getting to the top of tennis with the limited resources she had from Poland is extraordinary. She ignited a nation and gave the next generation a reason to believe that they too can achieve something amazing. She reminds us all that it's okay to feel let down, and it's okay to feel proud of ourselves, too." Iga Swiatek, therefore, succeeds Rafael Nadal and Peng Shuai, or the two tennis players who were on the list of the 100 most important personalities of 2022 according to Time.
The Chinese tennis player because of her complaint of se*ual assaults suffered by a Chinese state official; Spanish for business on tennis courts, from Rod Laver Arena to Philippe Chartier. Iga will also be one of the most awaited star on these clay swing 2023.