5 amazing Iga Swiatek stats as she dominates Aryna Sabalenka with Italian Open masterclass

Ewan West
Iga Swiatek, of Poland, holds her trophy after defeating Aryna Sabalenka, of Belarus, in the Italian Open tennis tournament final match at Rome's Foro Italico, Saturday, May 18, 2024. Swiatek won 6-2/6-3
Iga Swiatek with the 2024 Italian Open trophy

Iga Swiatek produced a superb display to dominate Aryna Sabalenka in the final of the 2024 Italian Open for her third title in Rome. 

The world No 1 crushed Sabalenka 6-2, 6-3 in the championship match at the Foro Italico in a repeat of the epic Madrid Open final she won in a final set tiebreak earlier this month.

Swiatek is now on a 12-match winning streak after claiming her 10th WTA 1000 title and 21st career singles title overall.

Here are five brilliant Iga Swiatek statistics after the Pole’s Italian Open triumph.

The third woman to complete the ‘Dirtball Double’

With her victory in Rome, Swiatek became just the third woman and fifth player overall to win both the Madrid Open and the Italian Open in the same year.

Dinara Safina (2009) and Serena Williams (2013) are the only other WTA players to win the two big clay-court events back-to-back. The rare achievement has been termed the Dirtball Double’.

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Swiatek joins Gabriela Sabatini in elite club

Swiatek has become the second woman in the Open Era after Gabriela Sabatini to win three titles at the Italian Open before turning 23. The four-time Grand Slam champion will celebrate her 23rd birthday on May 31.

Argentine legend Sabatini triumphed in Rome in 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992.

19 straight wins in completed Italian Open matches

Swiatek now has the third-longest Open Era run of consecutive wins in completed Italian Open women’s matches (not including retirements) with 19 victories. Only Conchita Martinez (24) and Serena Williams (20) are ahead of Swiatek.

Prior to her 2024 triumph, the Pole claimed the title in Rome in 2021 and 2022, while she retired due to injury in the third set of her quarter-final match with Elena Rybakina in 2023.

The youngest player to win 10 WTA 1000 titles

At 22 years and 352 days, Swiatek has become the youngest player to win to 10 WTA 1000 titles since the introduction of the format in 2009. This is Swiatek’s fourth victory triumph at this level in 2024 after WTA 1000 titles in Qatar, Indian Wells and Madrid.

Most WTA 1000 titles won by an active player

With 10 WTA 1000 titles, Swiatek has tied former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka for the most tournaments won at this level by an active player.

Venus Williams, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova are next on the list among active players with nine WTA 1000 crowns.

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