Tennis-Proud Swiatek adds top-10 ranking to her resume
(Reuters) - French Open Champion Iga Swiatek said a place in the top 10 in the world rankings is proof that her game has become more consistent after the Pole with some "after her first Grand Slam triumph last year" frustrating "results.
Swiatek, who will turn 20 at the end of the month, demolished former world number 1 Karolina Pliskova 6-0 and 6-0 in Rome on Sunday to win her first WTA 1000 title, and six on Monday Climbed to ninth place in the world.
"It's pretty crazy and I'm really proud of myself that I'm actually becoming more consistent because that was my goal from the start," Swiatek told reporters.
"Actually, I feel like I'm making great strides on this one right now."
Swiatek went from a largely unknown teenager to celebrity in October when she became Poland's first female Grand Slam individual champion and the youngest woman to win the title since Monica Seles in 1992.
After her win at Roland Garros, she skipped the remainder of the 2020 season, and Adelaide International was her only title of the year before Sunday this year.
She lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2021 and also made an early exit at the WTA 1000 events in Miami and Madrid.
"It was actually a bit frustrating after the French Open because sometimes you can't see the results of your work," said Swiatek, who called herself a "perfectionist" last week.
"Of course it's great to win a Grand Slam, but after that comes the ranking and this year it was different.
"So I'm really proud to have the top 10 on my résumé because that's what I've always wanted. I also want to be consistent. At the moment, our goal is to stick to this place and move on."
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; editing by Peter Rutherford)
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