Iga Swiatek officially became the new world No. 1 on Monday, the day after her victory in Miami. After the unexpected retirement of Australian Ashleigh Barty, Iga only had to go through round 3 in Florida to become the new queen of the WTA circuit.
The Polish woman won the 2020 French Open and is currently on a 17-match winning streak that includes the title at the hard-court Miami Open, where she defeated Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-0 in the final on Saturday. That followed Swiatek's triumph at Indian Wells, California, last month, making her only the fourth woman to complete what's known as the “Sunshine Double,” and another trophy in Doha, Qatar, in February, so she is the first woman to win the first three WTA 1000 events in a year.
“I felt like everything clicked this season,” Swiatek said in a video interview with The Associated Press.
She is the 28th woman to lead the rankings.
Osaka is a former No. 1 whose run to her first tour final in more than a year allowed her to go all the way from No. 77 to No. 35 on Monday.