World No. 1 Iga Swiatek loses at Wimbledon to finish win streak at 37 matches


LONDON — The ladies’s draw at Wimbledon was torn aside Saturday as world No 1 Iga Swiatek was bounced 6-4, 6-2 by Alize Cornet of France within the third spherical, ending her 37-match successful streak.

Swiatek had gained six straight tournaments, together with her second French Open title, however discovered Cornet, the world No. 37, to be too good as she suffered solely her fourth defeat of the yr.

Swiatek’s win streak was the longest since Martina Hingis additionally gained 37 matches in a row in 1997.

“I do know I did not play good tennis. I used to be fairly confused about my techniques,” stated Swiatek, who has by no means superior previous the fourth spherical on the All England Membership. “For certain, it wasn’t a great efficiency for me.”

It is the second time Cornet has brought about a significant shock at Wimbledon, having knocked out then-world No 1 Serena Williams on the similar stage in 2014.

“I’ve no phrases proper now,” stated Cornet, who’s enjoying in her 2nd consecutive main, which is tied for tops amongst ladies all-time. “It jogs my memory of the time I beat Serena on the identical court docket. I believe this court docket [No. 1] is a fortunate appeal for me.

“I believe this sort of match is what I am dwelling for. I knew I might do it. In some way I had this perception. I assumed if there may be any method I can beat her, it is now.”

Cornet, who reached her first grand slam quarterfinal on the Australian Open in January, hit 16 winners and made simply seven unforced errors in a close to flawless efficiency. Swiatek, in the meantime, had 33 unforced errors and 21 winners.

Cornet, 32, broke twice as she raced to a 3-0 lead — of her first 14 factors, 9 got here through unforced errors off the racket of the 21-year-old participant from Poland, and just one got here through a winner produced by Cornet herself.

“Normally after I’m coming again, I’ve some sort of a plan and I do know what to vary,” Swiatek stated. “Right here I did not know what to vary. I used to be confused. On grass court docket the whole lot occurs so rapidly.

“… So right here I did not have any thought. I did not tank it, however I simply did not know what to do.”

Although Swiatek settled down, she might get solely one of many breaks again as Cornet took the primary set.

It seemed as if Swiatek was again when she broke to guide 2-0 and was 40-15 up on her serve, solely to lose six straight video games as Cornet clinched one other huge upset.

Cornet will subsequent face unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic within the fourth spherical.

“I am like good wine,” Cornet stated. “Good wine all the time ages effectively.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.



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