Upsets aren’t unusual within the tennis world — even the best gamers of all time do not usually run of lengthy strings of event victories. When winning-streak headlines begin reaching the “longest of the last decade” or “longest of the century” level, it turns into all of the extra beautiful once they come to an finish.
Iga Swiatek’s unbelievable profitable streak is over at 37 matches after a third-round loss to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon. Swiatek’s streak is the longest within the WTA this century, topping legends Venus Williams (35 in 2000), Serena Williams (34 in 2013) and Justine Henin (32 in 2007-08).
The unbelievable run got here to a crashing halt on Centre Court docket on the All England Membership on Saturday in a match the place Swiatek, the world’s top-ranked girl, merely wasn’t sharp in a 6-4, 6-2 loss. She dedicated 33 unforced errors, gained solely 30% (8-for-27) of her second-serve factors and solely 37% of her receiving factors.
“I do know I did not play good tennis. I used to be fairly confused about my ways,” Swiatek stated after the match.
Cornet, in the meantime, is on to the fourth spherical at Wimbledon, and this is not the primary time she has gained a stunner in London. Again in 2014, Cornet upset then-world No. 1 Serena Williams within the third spherical at Wimbledon. On the time, Williams was the defending champion and had gained three of the previous 4 Wimbledon singles titles.
“I’ve no phrases proper now. It jogs my memory of the time I beat Serena on the identical courtroom, eight years in the past precisely,” Cornet stated, based on the AP. “This courtroom is a fortunate allure for me.”
Whereas Cornet strikes on within the event — to face Concord Tan, who beat Serena Williams within the first spherical at Wimbledon this 12 months — Swiatek’s streak will go down as one of many biggest accomplishments in trendy girls’s tennis.
- It’s the longest WTA profitable streak since Martina Hingis reeled off 37 consecutive victories in 1997.
- Swiatek went 12-0 towards the present high 15 within the WTA rankings throughout that stretch — and that group does not embody victories towards multiple-time Grand Slam winners and former world No. 1s Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka.
- The streak included Swiatek’s second Grand Slam championship (French Open) and 4 WTA1000 titles (Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Rome)
- The streak ends with Swiatek having almost double the WTA rankings factors because the No. 1 participant on this planet than the No. 2 participant Ons Jabeur.
Earlier than the loss to Cornet, Swiatek’s final defeat got here to Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai on Feb. 16 — 136 days in the past.