‘Doing something more than Serena did is special,’ says top WTA star
Iga Swiatek says that what makes her 35-match winning streak ‘special’ to her is that it is something even Serena Williams never achieved.
Swiatek surpassed Serena Williams’ best streak as she beat Coco Gauff to win the French Open earlier this month.
It drew her level with Venus Williams for the best winning streak by a woman player this century, but it was the Serena element that pleased her more.
“It may seem pretty weird, but having that 35th win and kind of doing something more than Serena did, it’s something special,” Swiatek told WTA insider.
“I always wanted to have some kind of a record. In tennis, it’s pretty hard after Serena’s career.
“Doing something better than Serena kind of, it’s the best thing you can get in tennis, basically, after what she’s done for so many years.”
While extending her winning streak, Iga Swiatek also won her second major. That, she says, was also a very important milestone for her in her career.
“I was always chasing that second Grand Slam because I always thought, ‘OK, the first one happened, but the second one is confirmation that you actually know what you’re doing,'” she said.
“I always had huge respect for Garbine [Muguruza], Simona [Halep], there are a lot of players who won two.
“I felt like two times winning a Grand Slam, you’re really confirming you’re able to do that.”
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