Top tennis player Swiatek celebrates Indian Wells title with Zendaya

By AFP   March 17, 2024 | 08:02 pm PT
Top tennis player Swiatek celebrates Indian Wells title with Zendaya
Iga Swiatek of Poland poses for a photograph with Hollywood actress Zendaya and the winners trophy after her straight sets victory against Maria Sakkari of Greece in the Women's Final during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2024 in Indian Wells, California. Photo by Getty Images via AFP
Iga Swiatek has become used to rubbing shoulders with celebrities in two years at the top of women's tennis, and if Hollywood A-lister Zendaya needs work with her game, the four-time Grand Slam champion will be happy to help.

Zendaya and boyfriend and fellow actor Tom Holland were among the crowd Sunday as Poland's Swiatek beat Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-0 to win the prestigious Indian Wells WTA title for the second time.

After the match, Zendaya posed with Swiatek and her trophy.

"For sure, meeting Zendaya was crazy, but on the other hand, she's a human like all of us," Swiatek said of the "Dune" star, who is also the star of the forthcoming tennis-themed "Challengers" movie.

In the film, Zendaya plays a former tennis prodigy turned coach whose tennis champion husband is in a slump.

"I was just happy that she's enjoying tennis and she's, you know, having this movie with a tennis theme coming out," Swiatek said.

"So that should be really exciting. She can practice with me any time if she wants to."

While Swiatek sounded far from star-struck, she said she was pleased to get a chance to meet the actress.

"For sure it was fun and she's a really great person," Swiatek said. "I feel pretty privileged that I'm in this place where I can meet these kind of people."

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