Iga Swiatek surprised many with the incredible level she had last year. She even surprised herself by admitting ahead of Wimbledon that her streak is likely ending because she too is only human. Giant killer Alize Cornet renamed herself streak killer and finished that story off.
The number one rank on the WTA Tour, however, remained a dream for her opponents though Aryna Sabalenka is in striking distance ahead of Roland Garros. She won the Australian Open earlier this year which transformed her as a player, something noted by many pundits.
She proved Swiatek is not invincible quite recently in Madrid beating her in the final and lifting the trophy. It was one of the latest losses for Swiatek who lost to Rybakina and Krejcikova earlier in the year. It's the latter that hopes to break up the dominant WTA big three. As a former Roland Garros champion, she certainly will have some things to say.
When it comes to Swiatek, she wasn't even aware that she could lose the number one rank when a reporter asked her during the press conference. The whole premise was whether she was thinking about losing the number one spot and it was clear that she had no idea about it.
Q. This is the first tournament for nearly a year where there is a chance that you might lose the world No. 1 ranking. Is that something that's on your mind at all?
Iga Swiatek: Well, I didn't even know about that(smiling).
Iga Swiatek: So no. (Laughter.) No problem. It doesn't change a lot for me.
Even so, the sheer amount of points she can lose basically means that she will need to have a really deep run in order to defend her own rank. While winning the trophy is the clear goal and priority for Swiatek, doing that would ensure she would remain number one.