Tennis: Iga Świątek voted WTA player of October

Iga Świątek, a 19-year-old Polish tennis player, who recently won the French Open, was voted into first place in the plebiscite of the October 2020 WTA Player of the Month.

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Other contenders who were competing for the title included Sofia Kenin of the US, who had been defeated by Świątek in the final of Roland Garros and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who won the WTA tournament in Ostrava, the Czech Republic.

Świątek joined the club of recognised tennis players, who were voted Players of the Month in 2020. In January it was Kenin, who won Australian Open, in February and August it was Romania’s Simona Halep and in September the title was given to Japanese player Naomi Ōsaka. These were the only months the award was given because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent break in sports.

The nominees for the title of the Player of the Month are chosen by the website, and users can vote for their favourite player.

Iga Świątek is the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament. Before WWII, Janina Jędrzejowska was in the finals three times (US Open, Wimbledon and Roland Garros), Agnieszka Radwańska made it to the final of Wimbledon in 2012, but was defeated by Serena Williams. Świątek defeated Sofia Kenin 6:4, 6:1 in the final on October 10.