‘Sport is better with you’ – New world No. 1 Iga Swiatek applauds Naomi Osaka after beating her in straight sets at 2022 Miami Open

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Iga Swiatek has been riding high for some time now on the WTA Tour. She has now won titles in the last three tournaments she has entered. She started the year at No. 9 in women’s singles and rose to No. 1 in no time. To say his run to the top spot has been impressive would be an understatement.

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She faced four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in the Miami Open final. While the first set was hotly contested, with each battling to get the upper hand over the other, Swiatek won it 7-5. She managed to turn things around and took second, 6-0.

April 2, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Iga Swiatek (POL) holds the Butch Buchholz Championship trophy during the awards ceremony after her match against Naomi Osaka (JPN)(not pictured) in the women’s singles final at the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke – USA TODAY Sports

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After the match, Iga Swiatek, the new conqueror of the ‘sunshine double’ had only words of praise for her opponent. “I am honored to have played this game, I hope this will be just the start of a new great rivalry. Keep it up and don’t give up, this sport is better with you,” she noted.

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“I’m proud to have played with you, Naomi. I saw you champion in 2018 and you are an inspiration to me”, she also added, during the presentation ceremony.

Swiatek over the past two months has won three WTA 1000 titles and has been in terrific form. Thanks to her back-to-back victories at the Qatar Total Open and Indian Wells, she rose to second place. With the premature retirement of Ashleigh Barty, Iga Swiatek has risen to No. 1, and today with her win at the Miami Open, she once again showed why she is worthy of the rankings and all the fanfare. which surrounds it. Swiatek, just 20 years old, has already achieved so much in her career so far. With six career titles under her belt already, the tennis world is surely excited to see where she will end up given her talent and potential.

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