Iga Swiatek had a sensational season in 2022. She conquered the landscape of women’s tennis by bagging 8 titles, including 2 Grand Slams.
The world No. 1 is currently playing in the inaugural United Cup. She has been her usual dominating self at the 18-team tournament and is yet to drop a set. Poland has made it to the semifinals and Iga Swiatek has had a vital say in all of the European nation’s matches.
After the United Cup, the 21-year-old will be beginning her campaign in the 2023 Australian Open. She will start as one of the favorites in the first Grand Slam event of the year.
It came as a shock to tennis fans to see the Polish star not being on the list of AIPS Best Female Athlete of the Year 2022. However, other tennis stars like Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and Ons Jabeur made the cut in the top 10.
Williams hardly played during the course of 2022 while Osaka missed a lot of action owing to injuries. Jabeur did have a fine year but by no means was it greater than what Swiatek managed.
The AIPS Athlete of the Year Award – a gong chosen by sports journalists from 113 countries around the world instituted by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS). Spanish footballer and Ballon d’Or Feminin Alexia Putellas won the award. PSG star Lionel Messi won the men’s award.
Fans’ reactions to Iga Swiatek’s absence
Let’s take a look at how fans reacted after Iga Swiatek got the snub.
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