Tennis fans might have questions after recent Iga Swiatek comparison

Swiatek might still be ascending towards all-time greatness.
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Many seem to keep waiting for Iga Swiatek to no longer be the WTA No. 1 for the foreseeable future. She has ruled the tour for most of two years and she has won four Grand Slams. She most recently won Indian Wells which is her eighth Masters 1000 title. She might not yet be the greatest player in tennis history, but let's not rule her out just yet.

For one, it is easy to forget that Swiatek is still only 22 years old. That is only two years older than Coco Gauff and three years younger than Aryna Sabalenka. Sabalenka overtook Swiatek for a short time in 2023 for the No. 1 ranking, but Swiatek took the spot back by winning the WTA Finals. In other words, Gauff is going to battling for titles with Swiatek throughout most of her career and likely after Sabalenka has retired.

That event proved again one difference between Swiatek and the rest of the current field. When the Pole is focused and wants to win, she seems to. She was dominant at Indian Wells losing only 22 games. She will probably be dominant at the Miami Open as well.

Martina Navratilova compares Iga Swiatek to Serena Williams

But is she capable of being as great as Serena Williams? Martina Navratilova thinks so. Speaking with Sky Sports recently, Navratilova (an all-time great herself, of course) made the Swiatek and Williams comparison, saying, "Iga might not be the quickest player out there but she’s the most complete player out there...She is a fantastic player and is the best front-runner we have had in the game since Serena Williams."

Navratilova does feel that one important part of Swiatek's game can get better, however. That would be the Pole's serve. Swiatek does appear to get frustrated with her serve from time to time, especially her inconsistent ball toss.

There is no doubt that Swiatek has the physical ability to get her serve to be better. She can put pace on any stroke and her serve is excellent when consistent. If she can perfect that aspect, Swiatek could get to 15 Grand Slam victories or more. Plus, once in finals, she doesn't lose. She is 4-0 in major finals and 8-2 in Masters 1000 finals.

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