How to pronounce Iga Swiatek's name correctly ahead of US Open final

Joshua Rogers September 10, 2022
How to pronounce Iga Swiatek's name correctly ahead of US Open final
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Ahead of the 2022 US Open final, we take a look at how to pronounce Iga Swiatek’s name properly.

Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek is into the US Open final after coming through Aryna Sabalenka in the previous round. Before that she beat American Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals.

It was the first time since Serena Williams in 2016 that the female world no.1 had reached the last four in New York. After winning the 2020 French Open, Swiatek became the youngest women’s singles champion at a major since Maria Sharapova in 2004.

The 21-year-old has had an exceptional 2022, going on a 37 match win streak, the longest such streak in the 21st century. This streak saw her win the Qatar Total Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open, Stuttgart Open, Italian Open, and French Open. The run came to an end at Wimbledon where she lost to Alize Cornet in the third round.

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Her run to the US Open semifinal

The two-time French Open champion is now into her first ever final at the US Open. She knocked out Italian Jasmine Paolini in straight sets in the first round before beating Americans Sloane Stephens and Lauren Davis in straight sets in the next two rounds.

She lost the first set to German Jule Niemeier in the Round of 16 but came back to win in three sets. Next she defeated 8th seed Jessica Pegula to reach the semifinals for the first time in Flushing Meadows.

Iga beat 6th seed Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinal in three sets, battling back from a set down. She also beat Sabalenka in the final of the Stuttgart Open earlier this year.

How to pronounce Iga Swiatek’s name properly

The young tennis superstar was born on 31 May 2001 in Warsaw, Poland. Her name is properly written as Iga Świątek, however, in English it is often stylised as Iga Swiatek.

Throughout the tournament, fans have been asking how to pronounce Iga Swiatek’s name properly. Thankfully, the world no.1 has explained how to pronounce her name before.

During the 2020 French Open, she told the WTA that in Polish, her surname is pronounced phonetically as ‘Shvee-ON-tek’.

However, in English, it’s more like ‘Svi-A-tek’.

She went on to say that Polish is ‘going to be better’ and that ‘Shvee-ON-tek’ is the correct pronunciation.

Listen to her below:

Swiatek on win against Pegula

Speaking after her win vs Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals, Iga said: “I feel like it just clicked. I was able today to use my intuition a little bit more.

“I didn’t force myself to do every step right, all this technical stuff that I’ve been working on. It was more natural today. That was nice because I didn’t have thousands of things to improve in my head.”

“I remember when I was an underdog and any match against a top player was surreal,” she added.

“I think any of us can win any tournament.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.