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Iga Swiatek Records: Feats achieved and broken by World No. 1 in Madrid Open triumph

Published at :May 5, 2024 at 8:41 PM
Modified at :May 5, 2024 at 8:41 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

This was Iga Swiatek’s maiden Madrid Open title after finishing as runners-up last season.

Iga Swiatek defeated Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka in the final of the 2024 Madrid Open in a three-set thriller to win her maiden WTA 1000 title in the Spanish capital.

The Polish tennis star saved three match points against the former defending champion, Aryna Sabalenka, to win the match 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7). With the win, the WTA World No. 1 has broken as well as set up a bunch of new records.

Hence, without further ado, let’s take a look at the new peaks achieved by Iga Swiatek following her recent triumph over Aryna Sabalenka in the final of the 2024 Madrid Open:

First player to be born in 2000s to win 20 titles

Iga Swiatek has become the first-ever player born in the 2000s to win 20 titles. The Polish tennis star has a huge trophy cabinet which includes four Grand Slams, one WTA Finals, nine WTA 1000s, five WTA 500s and one WTA 250 title.

In the men’s circuit among the players born in the 2000s, only Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner have won more than 10 titles, which are 13.

First player to win seven consecutive finals since 2022

With her win over Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek has got one step closer to breaking her own record of most conservative final wins. She had won 10 consecutive WTA-level finals between the 2020 French Open and the 2022 US Open. Moreover, she’s currently unbeaten in WTA-level finals since the 2023 French Open, where she defeated Karolína Muchová to win her third clay court Grand Slam.

Youngest women to win 20 WTA titles

Iga Swiatek has also become the youngest female tennis player to win 20 WTA titles since Caroline Wozniacki reached the milestone in 2012. However, Wozniacki’s career started declining after 2012 but she also has a Grand Slam title, which she won in 2018 in Australia.

Entered top six for most WTA titles among active players

The Pole has also entered the elite list of active WTA players with the most titles. Venus Williams headlines the list with 49 titles, followed by Petra Kvitova (31) and Caroline Wozniacki (30). Simona Halep is on the fourth spot in the list with 24 titles, while Victoria Azarenka holds the fifth position with 21 accolades. Hence, Iga Swiatek, currently in the sixth spot with 20 titles, is likely to overtake the names on the list soon.

Highest tournament victory percentage in WTA 1000 events since format’s introduction in 2009

Iga Swiatek currently holds the record for the best tournament victory percentage in all the WTA-1000 main draws she has entered. The Pole has entered the main draw of 29 WTA 1000 events, out of which she has won nine. Her winning percentage is 31%, the highest percentage of any player since the format’s introduction in 2009. Tennis legend Serena Williams entered the main draw of 49 WTA 1000 events, winning 13 as her victory percentage was 26.5%.

Third-highest WTA 1000 titles

With the addition of her maiden Madrid Open title on Saturday, Iga Swiatek has equalled Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep in the list of most WTA 1000 titles in history. Only Serena Williams (13) and Victoria Azarenka (10) have more titles than the 22-year-old.

Additionally, at the age of 22, the Pole has also won every single significant clay court event on the WTA tour.

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