Ode to Iga Swiatek’s 135-day, 37-match unbeaten streak


World No.1 Iga Swiatek’s 37-match win streak got here to an finish Saturday within the third spherical at Wimbledon, capping off a exceptional run for the 21-year-old Polish star. 

Swiatek had not misplaced a match since profitable her first title of the season on the Qatar Complete Open in February. Over that span, she received six consecutive titles, together with Indian Wells and Miami the place she grew to become the youngest lady to finish the Sunshine Double.

The streak continued by way of her favourite floor, clay, the place she received Stuttgart, Rome and her second main title at Roland Garros. And within the midst of all of it, she dealt with her sudden ascension to World No.1 with unprecedented poise. 

Swiatek’s scorching hand lastly cooled on the grass at Wimbledon, the place Alizé Cornet snapped the streak within the third spherical, profitable 6-4, 6-2. It was a deja vu second for the 32-year-old Frenchwoman. Her final full match-win over a reigning No.1 got here within the third spherical at Wimbledon in 2014, additionally on No.1 Court docket, the place she defeated Serena Williams.

Swiatek takes the loss in stride: “Often I’m arduous on myself. Right here, I understand how I felt earlier than matches, I understand how I felt once I was practising. Let’s simply say that I did not really feel like I am in a greatest form. So I am type of conscious that this might occur. Perhaps it is not the proper angle to have, however it’s like it’s.

“I attempted many issues to really feel higher on court docket, on grass court docket, however it did not actually work out. That is why I am not even arduous on myself as a result of, like, it is type of logic that if I could not discover it even on practices, I am not going to search out it on a match.” 

Subsequent up for Swiatek: The World No.1 admitted she nonetheless must time to course of the importance and impression of her six-title profitable streak, so relaxation and rest will definitely be on the menu. However her subsequent look on court docket might be an thrilling one. Swiatek introduced throughout the first week of Wimbledon that she and her staff have organized a charity exhibition in Krakow, which can function Agnieszka Radwanska and Elina Svitolina. 

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“Once we have been in States we thought that perhaps this is able to be a pleasant factor to do,” Swiatek mentioned. “It is actually thrilling as a result of I really feel like we do not have sufficient occasions like that in Poland. I actually wish to present individuals tennis from a distinct perspective. I hope it is going to be enjoyable.”

The Swiatek Streak in numbers

Doha: The streak begins

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1: Variety of wins by Swiatek over a High 10 participant on arduous court docket earlier than Doha. 

3: High 10 gamers Swiatek defeated en path to her first title of the season in Doha. The win is the second WTA 1000 title of her profession. 

0: Wins for Swiatek in opposition to Maria Sakkari (0-3) and Aryna Sabalenka (0-1) going into Doha. After beating them in back-to-back matches in Doha, she has not misplaced to both participant since.

1: Set misplaced by Swiatek in Doha, which got here to Viktorija Golubic within the first spherical. 

2: Video games misplaced within the ultimate in opposition to Anett Kontaveit. 

Indian Wells: The streak solidifies, transferring to 11

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20: Wins for Swiatek in 2022 after defeating Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-1 within the ultimate, essentially the most on tour. 

2: Swiatek’s new career-high rating after profitable her second-straight WTA 1000 title.

3: Comebacks from a set down for Swiatek in Indian Wells, doing so to beat Anhelina Kalinina, Clara Tauson and Angelique Kerber in her first three matches. She has had seven such comebacks in 2022. Previous to this season, she had simply eight in her profession. 

11: Consecutive wins for Swiatek, tying then No.1 Ashleigh Barty for the longest profitable streak of the season.

Miami: The streak strikes to 17 after a history-making Sunshine Double win

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1: Swiatek grew to become the primary participant to ever win the primary three WTA 1000 occasions of a season. 

4: Ladies who’ve accomplished the Sunshine Double by profitable Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back in a single season: Stefanie Graf, Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka and Swiatek.

0: Units dropped by Swiatek en path to the Miami title. 

1: Swiatek’s rating after Miami, taking on from Ashleigh Barty after the Australian’s sudden retirement.

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2: Matches performed by Swiatek.

3: Bagel units dished out by Swiatek in her two matches.

1: Recreation misplaced over the weekend, main Poland to a 4-0 win over Romania. 

Stuttgart: The streak strikes to 23 after a fourth consecutive title

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26: Consecutive units Swiatek had received earlier than shedding the primary set to Liudmila Samsonova within the semifinals. It was the one set Swiatek dropped in her Stuttgart debut. 

30: Match-wins for Swiatek after defeating Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2 within the ultimate. 

23: Consecutive wins for Swiatek after securing the Stuttgart title, tying Naomi Osaka’s 23-match streak that was constructed throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Rome: After skipping Madrid, Swiatek extends the streak to twenty-eight

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21: Video games misplaced by Swiatek in Rome, her fifth consecutive title, the fewest variety of video games misplaced since Serena Williams dropped 14 in 2013. It’s the fewest variety of video games misplaced en path to a title this season.

3: Swiatek is the third-youngest participant to win two titles in Rome. 20-years-old on the time, she is older than solely Chris Evert and Gabriela Sabatini. 

1: First profitable title protection for Swiatek, who received her first WTA 1000 title in Rome in 2021. 

2: Gamers to win 4 or extra WTA 1000 titles in the identical season. Swiatek joined Serena Williams, who received 5 in 2013. 

8: Gamers who’ve received 5 or extra WTA 1000 titles (since 2009). Swiatek, who has now received 5, joined the record that features Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska.

6: Years since a participant has received a fifth WTA 1000 title. Agnieszka Radwanska received her fifth and ultimate WTA 1000 at 2016 Beijing.

Roland Garros: Swiatek matches Venus Williams’ 2000 mark to win her second main

Champions Nook: Swiatek trying to find new targets after French Open win

35: Consecutive wins for Swiatek after profitable seven matches to seize her second Roland Garros title, matching Venus Williams’ 35-match win streak in 2000. 

1: Set misplaced by Swiatek en path to the title. The one participant to take a set off her throughout the fortnight was Chinese language teenager Zheng Qinwen.

3: Variety of gamers youthful than Swiatek to win their second title at Roland Garros: Monica Seles, Stefanie Graf, and Chris Evert.

2: Variety of gamers who’ve a better profitable proportion than Swiatek at Roland Garros. Swiatek’s 91.3% profitable proportion is bested solely by Margaret Court docket (95.2%) and Chris Evert (92.3%).

2013: The final time a participant made six or extra finals within the first six months of the yr. Serena Williams made seven in 2013. 

Wimbledon: Swiatek matches Hingis’ 1997 run earlier than streak ends at 37 wins.

11: Years since a participant youthful than Swiatek was the highest seed at Wimbledon (Caroline Wozniacki, 2011). 

3: Surfaces Swiatek received on throughout her four-month streak. Along with her first-round win over Jana Fett, Swiatek’s streak formally spanned arduous courts, clay courts and grass courts. 

17: Variety of 6-0 units tallied by Swiatek in 2022. She notched her seventeenth in opposition to Croatian qualifier Jana Fett within the first spherical.

37: Consecutive wins for Martina Hingis in her 1997 marketing campaign. Swiatek matched the mark by profitable her second-round match over Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove. That is the longest win streak since Stefanie Graf received 66 consecutive matches throughout 1989 and 1990.

135: Days that Swiatek remained unbeaten. Her 37-match streak lastly ended by the hands of France’s Alizé Cornet, 6-4, 6-2 within the third spherical. 

44: Wins for Swiatek as she leaves Wimbledon, posting a tour-leading 44-3 file by way of the primary seven months of the season.





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