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2019 - Runner-Up Lugano

Iga Swiatek loses to Kristyna Pliskova in Lugano

LUGANO, Switzerland - Polish teenager Iga Świątek needed just 54 minutes on Saturday to reach her first career WTA final. The reigning junior Wimbledon champion defeating Kristyna Pliskova with the loss of just one game, 6-0, 6-1, in the second semifinal. "I feel great. I'm quite surprised that I'm in the final, because that was my first tournament that I played [directly] in main draw, but I'm really happy that I made it," Świątek said after the match. "I was believing in myself, and I hope tomorrow will be a great match also."

Świątek won the first nine games of the match before the left-handed Pliskova sister got on the board, and she was forced to save six break points across three consecutive service games in the second set to fend off a Czech rally. Pliskova held 15-40 leads on the teenager's serve at 0-2 and 1-3 in the second set, but was unable to take her chances to get the set back on serve, and also failed to convert on the same lead as Świątek served for the match. Despite serving at just 50 percent in the opener, the Polish teenager dropped just one point behind her first serve, and seven points overall on serve, in the opening-set bagel.  Świątek totaled 28 winners over the course of the match to just 13 unforced errors, never allowing Pliskova to dictate off the serve or the first shot in the rally. The Czech landed just 45 percent of her first serves in the match, served five double faults, and tallied double the amount of unforced errors (20) to winners (10).  The 17-year-old is garaunteed a Top 100 debut for her efforts this week in the Swiss Alps, and by virtue of reaching the final, will be her country's highest-ranked player on Monday.

She will play for her first tour-level title in her third career main draw appearance, having qualifier for both the ASB Classic in Auckland and the Hungarian Ladies' Open in Budapest this year. "I saw her in a few tournaments, but I'm still new on the WTA tour," the teenager said of Hercog. "My coach will probably tell me everything - tactics and stuff - so I will be ready." - Source : WTA

Junior Olympics 2018 - Gold in Doubles

Iga Swiatek and Kaja Juvan Gold Medallists

Iga Świątek and Kaja Juvan of Slovenia - Gold Medallists at the Buenos Aires Junior Olympics - imaged sourced from Fb and © of the Polish Olympic Committee

Wimbledon 2018 - Girls Champion

WIMBLEDON 2018 ROLL OF HONOUR

Men's Singles: Novak Djokovic (Srb)
Women's Singles: Angelique Kerber (Ger)
Women's Doubles: Barbora Krejcikova (Cz), Katerina Siniakova (Cz)
Men's Doubles: Jack Sock (US), Mike Bryan (US)
Mixed Doubles: Alexander Peya (Aut), Nicole Melichar (US)
Boys' Singles: Chun Hsin Tseng (Tai)
Girls' Singles: Iga Świątek (Pol)
Boys' Doubles: Yanki Erel (Tur), Otto Virtanen (Fin)
Girls' Doubles: Xinyu Wang (Chn), Xiyun Wang (Chn)

Igs Swiatek Junior Wimbledon Champion

Świątek wins girls' singles title - Fourth Polish name on the singles trophy as Swiss qualifier Leonie Kung is beaten - image and dialogue courtesy & © of wimbledon.com

Iga Świątek took a close look at the engraving on the Wimbledon girls' singles trophy as she walked a victory lap on No.1 Court on Saturday, and was clearly satisfied with what she saw. A fourth Polish name has been added to those of past champions Alexandra Olsza and the Radwańska sisters, Agnieszka and Urszula.
Świątek's score was the most emphatic, the 17-year-old from Warsaw having beaten Swiss qualifier Leonie Kung 6-4, 6-2 in 73 minutes. After a Kung forehand flew long on the first match point, Świątek raised her hand to her face in what was initially a subdued celebration, before dashing into the crowd to embrace her emotional family and team, some of them in T-shirts bearing her name.
Remember it. Having missed seven months after right ankle surgery last year, Świątek has made a strong return, reaching the last four at Roland-Garros and sharing the doubles title with American Caty McNally. The hard-hitting baseliner has now won the most prestigious junior tournament of all.
Clay remains her preferred surface, though, and Świątek has a stronger serve and greater weight of shot at this stage than the rangier Kung. She hit eight aces among 33 winners to just 13 unforced errors, while making good use of the drop shot.
The only set Świątek lost in six rounds was her first, against world No.1 Whitney Osuigwe; her next toughest test coming in the semi-final against No.4 Xinyu Wang. Kung had beaten four players in the top 15, while also conceding just a single set, having warmed up at Roehampton to earn her debut place in a junior Grand Slam main draw.
The Pole has already achieved some promising results at senior level, having made her Fed Cup debut after graduating from the successful 2016 Junior Fed Cup team, won five ITF titles and attained a WTA ranking of No.341.
While yet to meet long-time Polish standard-bearer Agnieszka Radwańska, the 2005 Wimbledon junior champion and 2012 ladies' finalist, Świątek appears well-equipped to join the former world No.2 at tour level reasonably soon.
Kung, too, has played fewer under-age events than many of her junior contemporaries, and her parents and sister had made their way across from the family's horse farm in the German-speaking part of Switzerland to support the first qualifier to reach a Wimbledon girls' final since Russian Anna Chakvetadze in 2003.
In the event, she met the same - losing - fate. Kung dropped her opening service game and another when attempting to stay in the first set, and was then nobbled by a pair of double faults from game point up to fall behind 3-1 in the second.
A brilliant week had ended disappointingly, but there were enough encouraging signs to suggest there will be more to come. Świątek said it was too early to ask how it felt to be a Wimbledon champion.
"I'm too overwhelmed. I don't feel it. I have to rest and then I will enjoy everything,'' she smiled.
"I was scared that I will not do well because of the stress and the pressure. But I felt great on court. My serve was really good. I played very fast balls, so I'm happy with that.''

"I was scared that I will not do well because of the stress and the pressure. But I felt great on court. My serve was really good. I played very fast balls, so I'm happy with that" said Iga Świątek

Both players have ruled a line under their junior tournament careers, believing themselves ready to move on. Both will savour the experience, Świątek relishing her taste of tennis on a big stage and eager for more.
"I was thinking that this is why I play tennis, to make the show, to make people clap, to make them enjoy the game. I don't know, I feel like that's my goal, to entertain. I think I learn it today. I didn't know about it. That's new for me.''
She will play the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics, but otherwise feels it's time to move on. "I play junior Grand Slam since 2016. I had a long time to play juniors. Now we had to take another step,'' Świątek said.
"I want to build a better WTA ranking and to play senior tournaments. I hope I will do well next year in Wimbledon if I get a wild card to ladies' singles. I can't wait.'' Source : Wimbledon.com

Iga Świątek - Junior Polish Tennis Player

Image courtesy & © of Weszlo.com

Not since 2005 when Agnieszka Radwańska took both Junior crowns at Wimbledon (Singles and Doubles) have I been so excited by a newcomer. I remember watching Aga play her matches whilst staying at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. It was the Wimbledon Finals w/e and nothing but the Midland could have dragged me away from my annual favourite fortnight! But we were there and the tv had a red button and I watched all 5 of the matches Aga was scheduled to play over two days - a quarter, semi and final in the singles and a semi and final in the doubles! I eschewed the main matches that year to watch this slip of a girl who proved victorious! This year, the Polish flag was being waved high and proud by Iga Świątek whose name I first noticed when I saw that (unseeded) she was winning her way to the latter stages of the competition. Her doubles partner Caty McNally beat her in the semi-finals and was in turn beaten in the singles final, but both girls were rewarded in the doubles. She is no stranger to success at the French Open having reach the same stage in 2017 but leaving as the runner-up with partner and fellow Pole Maja Chwalińska.

In 2018 Iga represented Poland in the Federation Cup -

Polish Federation Cup team in Tallin Estonia 2018

Federation Cup team in Tallin Estonia 2018 Results

Iga Świątek weźmie udział w turnieju Grupy I Strefy Euroafrykańskiej Pucharu Federacji, który odbędzie się w Tallinie w dniach 7-10 lutego. Tenisistka Legii wspierana przez Warsaw Sports Group ma szansę pojawić się na korcie po raz pierwszy od czerwca 2017 roku. W składzie reprezentacji na FedCup zastąpiła Katarzynę Piter. Dla Igi będzie to debiut w reprezentacji Polski.

- Iga Świątek will participate in the Euro/Africa Zone 1 play-off tournament which will take place in Tallinn, Estonia from 7th to 10th February. The Legia tennis star, sponsored by Warsaw Sports Group has the opportunity to appear on court for the first time since June 2017. She replaces Katarzyna Piter in the Federation Cup Squad. For Iga this will also be her debut appearance representing Poland.

Polki pojadą do Estonii w składzie: Magda Linette, Magdalena Fręch, deblistka Alicja Rosolska oraz Iga, którą nowy kapitan reprezentacji Dawid Celt powołał w miejsce Katarzyny Piter. W Tallinie nie zagra Agnieszka Radwańska, w tej sytuacji rola liderki kadry przypadnie Magdzie Linette.

- The Polish squad travelling to Estonia, will consist of Magda Linette, Magdalena Fręch, doubles specialist Alicja Rosolska and Iga, whom new Federation Cup Captain Dawid Celt called up in place of Katarzyna Piter. Agnieszka Radwańska will not be participating in Tallinn and her place as team leader will be taken by Magda Linette.

Polish Federation Squad

Poland's formidable Fed Cup Team with Aga and Iga standing shoulder to shoulder (in separate rows) - image courtesy & © of Sports Group.pl

Na powrót Igi Świątek do walki na korcie czekaliśmy od czerwca 2017 roku. Właśnie wtedy, podczas organizowanego przez WSG turnieju Warsaw Sports Open, 16-letnia warszawianka doznała poważnego urazu stawu skokowego. Dzięki porozumieniu WSG z Enel-Sport młoda tenisistka przeszła operację i kompleksową wielomiesięczną rehabilitację w klinice przy Łazienkowskiej 3, pracując też oczywiście ze swoim sztabem trenerskim - Piotrem Sierzputowskim i odpowiadającą za przygotowanie motoryczne Jolantą Rusin.

- We have been awaiting Iga Świątek's return to the court since June 2017. It was then, whilst participating in the WSG Tournament Warsaw Sports Open that the 16-year old Warsaw local sportsperson sustained a serious ankle injury. Thanks to the understanding of WSG and Enel-Sport the young tennis prodigy underwent a surgical procedure and a complex rehabilitation lasting several months. She was also working, in tandem, with her regular training team led by Piotr Sierzputowski and her mobility advisor Jolanta Rusin.

Reprezentacja Polski znalazła się w grupie D turniejowych zmagań. Polki zagrają z Turcją, Austrią i Łotwą. Do fazy finałowej awansuje tylko najlepsza drużyna. Dwie najlepsze reprezentacje z Tallina dostaną szansę walki w kwietniowych barażach o Grupę Światową B, a dwie najgorsze - spadną do Grupy I Strefy Euroafrykańskiej. Łatwo nie będzie - Łotyszki wystawią w Estonii najmocniejszy skład, na czele z Jeleną Ostapenko i Anastasiją Sevastovą, którym będą pomagać Diana Marcinkevica i Daniela Vismane. Austriaczki wystąpią w składzie: Barbara Haas, Julia Grabher, Melanie Klaffner i Pia König, a w zespole Turczynek zagrają: Cagla Buyukakcay, Basak Eraydin, Ipek Soylu i Ayla Aksu.

- The struggling Polish Team find themselves in Group D of the tournament. The Poles will be competing against Turkey, Austria and Latvia - only the top team in the round robin event will advance to the final. The top two teams battling it our in Tallinn will earn the opportunity to play off for advancement to World Group B, the two worst teams be relegated to Group 1 of the Euro/Africa Zone 1. It won't be easy - Latvia will field the strongest squad led by Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasia Sevastova and supported by Diana Marcinkevica and Daniela Vismane. The Austrian squad will consist of Barbara Haas, Julia Grabher, Melanie Klaffner and Pia König and the Turkish team will present Cagla Buyukakcay, Basak Eraydin, Ipek Soylu and Ayla Aksu.

Dla Igi Świątek będzie to debiut w seniorskiej reprezentacji Polski. W odsłonie juniorskiej warszawianka radziła sobie wyśmienicie - w 2016 roku triumfowała w FedCup wraz z Mają Chwalińską i Stefaną Rogozińską-Dzik.

- For Iga Świątek this will be her debut for Poland's senior national team. She proved formidable in the Junior Federation Cup Team winning the trophy in 2016 with Maja Chwalińska and Stefana Rogozińsk-Dzik.

Powołanie do reprezentacji Polski, które zawsze jest dla sportowca wielkim honorem sprawiło, że Iga zawiesiła swoje pierwotne plany, rezygnując z występów w Futuresach ITF Pro Circuit w Egipcie (pula 15 tys. dolarów).

- Being called up to represent Poland, which is always a great honour, meant that Iga had to change her original plans, withdrawing from the ITF Pro Futures Circuit in Egypt and sacrificing a potential $15k pay cheque. Source : Sportsgroup.pl

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