Swiatek defeats Sakkari in Indian Wells final
Iga Swiatek won the Tennis Masters in Indian Wells won and moved up to second place in the world rankings. The 20-year-old Pole won Sunday’s final against Maria Sakkari from Greece 6-4, 6-1. For Swiatek, who beat Angelique Kerber in the round of 16, it is the fifth title on the WTA tour and the first at the Masters in the Californian desert. She only won the Masters in Doha in February.
“Winning after playing so well in Doha gives me a lot of confidence and belief that I can do it,” said Swiatek. “I didn’t think I was someone who was ready to win two tournaments in a row.”
Her biggest success so far was first place at the French Open 2020, and she made it to the semifinals at the Australian Open in January. The win over Sakkari in just 80 minutes was Swiatek’s eleventh straight win on the WTA Tour.
Swiatek said of her new world ranking: “It’s pretty unreal, I have to look at it and check the list and see it.” She wants to climb even higher because “I have the feeling that number one is getting closer and closer”. Ashleigh Barty from Australia is at the top. Despite losing in the final, Sakkari climbed from sixth to third place.