Iga Swiatek shares consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the WTA Tour with Simona Halep.

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Iga Swiatek has surpassed Simona Halep in terms of consecutive weeks at the top spot as she enters her 48th week in a row atop the world rankings. Swiatek attained world No. 1 status for the first time in her career on April 4, 2022.

At the top of the WTA Tour, there haven’t been any changes since that time. Swiatek will break Halep’s record for the most consecutive weeks at the top spot the next week because she has around 4500 more points than Aryna Sabalenka, who is now in second place.

When that occurs, Swiatek will be the 18th player in history with the most weeks spent in first place in a row. Serena Williams and Steffi Graf, who both managed to hold down the world’s top ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, currently hold the record.

In Indian Wells, Swiatek wants to defend his 1,000-point total.

Swiatek unexpectedly lost to Barbora Krejcikova in the Dubai final over the weekend. Swiatek revealed this week in a tweet to her followers that she was battling a viral virus during the championship match.

Swiatek said she will be prepared to defend her Indian Wells crown in early March, though. “I was still in Dubai yesterday, I’m now in Warsaw, and I’ll shortly be in Indian Wells. Despite the difficulty and intensity of the past three weeks, we made significant progress.

My level was good despite the infection, and I gave it my all during the Doha and Dubai tournaments, even though I lost the final there (big compliments to Barbora!). However I can tell that some of you have larger hopes for me.

I’m only a person. I’ll maintain my high standards, have fun while on tour, and keep working hard. That is really all I have control over. My involvement and effort. I appreciate your support, and I’ll see you all soon.” Swiatek stated in a tweet she published.