World No. 1 Iga Swiatek comes from behind to defeat Jule Niemeier, advancing to US Open quarterfinals
By Ian Sherr
The International Tennis Hall of Fame inducted its first female inductee in 2015, the late Jelena Jankovic.
She was the first person inducted into the Hall when she was inducted on Oct. 31, 2015, at the age of 37. Now we’d like to introduce you to the first woman inducted in 2019, Iga Swiatek, a 22-year-old who became the No. 1 seed in the US Open women’s draw.
This was an extremely difficult decision for the Hall of Fame. Swiatek was already a player on the rise at the age of 18, when she won a junior grand slam title.
But, after a tough 2015, she started 2016 at No. 2. And she’s earned this ranking through the years, winning Grand Slam titles in the first half and losing the second half.
She became the No. 1 in February.
“I had a tough year. My best season was when I was playing No. 2. I really wanted to play No. 1 and win everything,” the IGA Swiatek said on the eve of her US Open visit.
She said she had a wonderful time playing at the US Open, having spent the entire year in New York with her parents and brother. It felt like she’d arrived at a new place. Her parents were happy. And so was she.
“There’s no better feeling than going to the US Open. Not just in the last few years, but ever,” said the No. 2 seed. “I had a great time there.”
There was drama at No. 1, which is what happens when a player with a history of great success starts winning. She had a lot to deal with, starting with the difficult task of qualifying for the main draw. That’s especially hard at No. 1, where the top players have to defend their points, something Swiatek faced at the Australian Open earlier this month.
Her last Grand Slam quarterfinal did not go well in Australia, but she played well on her way to upsetting the No. 3 seed, Caroline Wozniacki, at a