Poland’s Iga Swiatek succeeds Ash Barty as world number one

Poland Iga Swiatek will take over as world number one after a 6-2 6-0 victory over Viktorija Golubic in the second round of the Miami Open.

The 20-year-old – who becomes the first Polish player to achieve the feat – was only elevated to world number two after winning the BNP Paribas Open in indian goods Last week.

She will officially become the youngest player to make her number one debut since Caroline Wozniackiwho was 216 days younger, in 2010, when the new ranking is published on April 4.

Iga Swiatek of Poland reacts after defeating Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland during the Miami Open tennis tournament Friday, March 25, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Florida. Swiatek clinched the WTA world rankings. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Swiatek is on a career-best 12-fight winning streak and has won 21 this year, with WTA 1000 titles in Doha and Indian Wells.

Following his rise to the top spot, which comes just days after Ash Barty’s shock retirement, Swiatek called his new ranking “surreal”.

“I’m pretty sure tomorrow the sun will shine exactly the same as it does today, but for now…it’s surreal.” #1!! Swiatek wrote on Twitter after his win.

Her number one ranking will be officially recorded once the tournament is over and Barty is retired. The 25-year-old Australian announced her shock retirement on Wednesday.

Swiatek said at a press conference: “The thing is, I never really imagined this moment because, to be honest, I was working day to day and playing good tennis. But I never had a firm belief that it could actually happen. So it’s even more surreal to me.

“I loved every moment. I don’t care that there were fireworks. The crowd was really supportive, they were really excited. I just soaked it all up because I had no expectations.

The Pole is the 28th woman to hold the top spot since the computerized system was introduced in November 1975.

Earlier on Friday, Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova secured her place in the third round of the Miami Open after beating world number 24 Elise Mertens.

The 16-year-old, 279-ranked wildcard only won her first game against a top-100 ranked player in the first round, before her 7-5 2-6 6-1 win over Mertens.

The teenager hailed the tournament as “incredible”, following her upset win.

“Well, I mean, it’s definitely one of my best tournaments so far. I think the best. I’ve never played against a top 25 player and yeah, that’s amazing said Fruhvirtova.

“I still can’t believe it. But I’m so happy to have won here. I have worked very hard for this and I enjoy it.

Another highly ranked player also fell – Greece Maria Sakkari lost in three sets to Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Sakkari, seeded fourth, won the first set, but the Brazilian fought back, winning the next two to take her place in the third round.

Coco Gauff won in straight sets against Qiang Wang.

Coco Gauff celebrates a point against Chinese Wang Qiang, during the Miami Open tennis tournament on Friday (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Gauff said after the game: “Obviously I was super motivated today to get the win. I just kind of approached it by playing for free.

“I feel like playing at home, you can either get nervous playing in front of your family, friends, or kiss it, and today I think I kissed it.”

Petra Kvitova also won in straight sets against Clara Burel.

Madison Brengle defeated top seed Liudmila Samsonova 6-4 6-0, and Jessica Pegula needed just two sets to secure victory over Sloane Stephens.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek succeeds Ash Barty as world number one

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