Iga Swiatek honored in 2023 edition of TIME’s

Iga Swiatek honored in 2023 edition of TIME's

Iga Swiatek won a swift 6-4, 6-2 semifinal against Coco Gauff at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
The world’s top-ranked tennis star had a tougher time determining what to write on the camera lens.



Iga Swiatek reacts to her botched camera-lens message.



After a botched attempt, Swiatek wrote “That’s awkward…” then called on her dad to come to the final.Iga Swiatek had no problem dismantling No. 5 Coco Gauff in the semifinal of the Dubai Tennis Championships.



Iga Swiatek at the 2023 Dubai Tennis Championships.




But the world’s top-ranked tennis star did get tripped up after the big win.

After securing her 6-4, 6-2 victory over the 18-year-old American, Swiatek made her way over to the tournament’s camera to sign the lens — as is a common post-victory tradition among players.


After much consideration — she put a finger to her chin and even scratched her head — the 21-year-old began scrawling away in what looked to be her native Polish.

The staffer whipped out a lens cloth and began wiping away at the surface, but soon realized, “It’s permanent.” Swiatek’s eyes widened and she clapped a hand over her mouth.


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