(CNN) – Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek confirmed her claim to world No. 1 ranking on Saturday with a straight-set victory over Naomi Osaka at the Miami Open.
Swiatek won the match 6-4, 6-0.
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In a brief speech after his win, 20-year-old Swiatek thanked his team and fans and also sent a message to Ukraine, which has been under attack from Russia for weeks: “Stay strong,” Swiatek said.
After her recent triumph in Indian Wells and the sudden retirement of No. 1 spot Ashleigh Barty, Swiatek was already assured of a No. 1 spot in the women’s standings even before the Miami championship.
The ranking is expected to be released on Monday.
Saturday’s victory for Swiatek was historic – in more ways than one.
She is the fourth woman to win the Sunshine Double – both in Indian Wells and Miami – after Victoria Azarenka last won in 2016, and the first player to win the first three Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 1000 tournaments. in one season.
And she will be the first Polish player – male or female – to reach the top of the singles tennis rankings.
“Watching your journey is really amazing,” Osaka told Swiatek after the game. “Hope you keep having fun.”
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Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka was playing in her first final since winning the 2021 Australian Open.
In his own speech after Saturday’s match, Osaka thanked his supporters and fans, adding “I know I haven’t been in this position for a little minute.”
“I know it’s not the result you wanted, but I don’t know, I’m having a lot of fun here, so hopefully I can keep working hard and have more opportunities to be in a situation like this again,” she said.
Osaka also thanked his team for their continued support, especially “after the events that happened two weeks ago.”
“They are a bit like the rock that stays by my side. Thank you guys so much,” Osaka said.
In Indian Wells last month, Osaka was heckled by a spectator early in her second-round match against Veronika Kudermetova.
“Naomi, you suck,” the viewer seemed to shout after the first game of the match, a comment that brought the tennis player to tears on the court. It is not known if this spectator has been identified and removed from the room. Osaka ultimately lost the match in straight sets.
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