Iga Świątek was supposed to defend the Sunshine Double in March, the Indian Wells and Miami Open titles she won last year. In the semifinals of the first American tournament, she had to recognize the superiority of Jelena Rybakina (7 WTA), with whom she lost 2: 6, 2: 6, while she was removed from the second for health reasons. Withdrawal from the event meant that the Polish women lost 1,000 WTA points. It was a chance for Aryna Sabalenka (WTA II) to bridge the gap in the WTA rankings.
She failed to use it, because she lost in the quarterfinals to Sorana Cirstea (74 tennis players) 4: 6, 4: 6. Foreign media are slowly predicting the end of Świątek’s dominance, and the vice-captain of the ranking will be her ideal successor. “Belarusian women can end their empire,” reads the title of the Puntodebreak article.
Aryna Sabalenka could threaten Iga Świątek. Foreign media sure. “He has reason to dream.”
Sabalenka is constantly narrowing the gap in the WTA rankings and her dream is to take the leader’s seat. “Of course I want to be number one, of course I want to win more Grand Slam tournaments, that’s normal,” she said after winning the second round of the Miami Open against Shelby Rogers (30 WTA).
It is not known exactly when Schuetek’s most dangerous rival will return to the court, but it may turn out that she will play at the tournament in Charleston, which starts on April 3. However, the most important tests await her during the tournaments in Stuttgart and Madrid. “The patience and tactical system she shows may be the best argument for developing her game” on clay “. The weather conditions in Stuttgart and the altitude in Madrid can only help her in tennis” – commented Pontodebrek.
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Iga recently announced that she will not participate in the match against Kazakhstan as part of the Billie Jean King Cup. He should be ready for the event in Stuttgart from 17th to 23rd April. This will be the first of three clay court tournaments in which she will defend last year’s titles, which she clinched in a 37-match winning streak. In total, in tournaments in Stuttgart, Madrid and Paris, he will defend 3370 points, while Sabalenka has less than 900. “He has much less points for defense than Švetek, so he has reason to dream,” summed up the portal’s journalists.
Highest current WTA rating:
- 1. Iga Schwijk – 8975 points
- 2- Arina Sabalenka (Belarus) – 6945 points
- 3- Jessica Pegula (USA) 5605 points
- 4 – Caroline Garcia (France) 4990 points
- 5. Anas Jaber (Tunisia) 4866 points
- 6. Coco Gauff (USA) 4,346 points
- 7- Yelena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) 4045 points
- 8- Daria Kasatkina (Russia) – 3375 points
- 9. Maria Sakkari (Greece) – 3191 points
- 10 – Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 3035 points
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