Before the start of Serena Williams’ latest US Open, WTA World No. 1 Iga Swiatek met Serena Williams at the US Open and took a candid photo with the retiring tennis icon. “So…this is the highlight of my day.
Congratulations on your incredible journey and legendary career, Serena Williams. Big respect for everything you have done for our sport,” Swiatek wrote alongside the photo he shared on Twitter.
🤩 So… this is the highlight of my day.
Congratulations on your incredible journey and legendary career. @Serena Williams.
Swiatek is shy when Serena Williams is around
After Toronto, Swiatek was upset that she couldn’t play Serena.
«Very sad, I didn’t get to play her. Maybe I’ll get a chance,» Swiatek said. «To be able to do business and tennis at the same time, but also be a mother and reach four Slam finals, it’s amazing.
I’d be happy to believe that maybe I can do that.” In Cincinnati, Swiatek admitted that she would like to say a simple “hello” to Williams, but is too shy to approach the American and strike up a conversation.
«The thing is, I have a really hard time making eye contact with Serena,» Swiatek said. «And I wanted to say ‘Hello’ several times. But it’s hard because she always has a lot of people around her and I’m pretty shy.»
And when I look at her, I suddenly forget that I am here as number 1 in the world. I see Serena and it’s, ‘Wow, Serena,’ you know? And I feel like she’s a kindergartener just looking at her. So it’s hard.
I haven’t talked to her, but I’m just trying to say ‘Hi’. Williams was one of the most dominant players in tennis history during her prime. Swiatek won 37 straight matches this season before losing in the third round at Wimbledon to Alize Cornet.
Swiatek is widely considered the player most likely to become the next all-time great and to win multiple Grand Slams.