World No. 1 and US Open champion Iga Swiatek speaks to CNN from Paris
Iga Swiatek on being an ‘outlier’ after being banned from the United States
Updated on: January 19, 2018, 4:32 PM GMT / 06:32 PM EST January 19, 2018
Iga Swiatek, right, gestures to journalists after being banned from the US Open last month, in this undated handout photo released by the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Iga Swiatek, right, gestures to journalists after being banned from the US Open last month, in this undated handout photo released by the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Photo: Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Getty Images Image 1 of / 41 Caption Close Women’s world No. 1 Iga Swiatek speaks to CNN from Paris 1 / 41 Back to Gallery
On her way into the US Open, and on the world stage, Iga Swiatek is an outlier in a sport most often ruled by the old guard.
But if her US Open success continues to outshine those of many of the men who have dominated it since the early 1990s, her story will be one of inspiration for those hoping to break the glass ceiling for women’s golf.
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“It’s been a lot of hard work, it’s been a lot of different emotions, but it’s been a lot of positive emotions, too,” Swiatek said. “I’m really happy to be here and I’m grateful.”
Swiatek is here in Paris for the Women’s World Golf Championship, and has already gone through some tough times of late.
Last month, Swiatek was banned for four years from the U.S. Open after testing positive for the hormone dehydrochloaemoestinone, or DHE, a substance for which the rules prohibit female athletes.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Swiatek “provided a sample of prohibited anabolic steroid, dehydrochloaemoestinone, with the intent to gain an advantage in her next race.”