Iga Swiatek approaches Venus and Serena Williams levels with ‘absurd’ win streak stat
Iga Swiatek has now won 20 consecutive matches across five events to become the third youngest WTA player this century to record a win streak that long.
She despatched home talent Eva Lys 6-1, 6-1 in barely an hour to advance to the quarter-finals of the WTA 500 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.
In becoming the third youngest woman to win 20 or more straight matches in the 21st century, the 20-year-old comes third only to who else but Venus and Serena Williams.
They both achieved the feat also aged 20, though slightly younger than Swiatek.
Venus won 35 consecutive matches in 2000, a run which included Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, her first two Major singles titles, as well as Olympic singles gold in Sydney.
Meanwhile, Serena’s streak came in 2002 and ended at 21, but did include back-to-back Major titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, defeating sister Venus in the final of both to claim her second and third overall singles Slam titles.
Swiatek’s streak has seen her win three successive WTA 1000 titles, the first in Doha before she became just the 11th player and fourth woman to ever claim the prestigious ‘Sunshine Double’ by winning Indian Wells and the Miami open back-to-back.
She added two more victories to her 17 wins from those events in a Billie Jean King Cup qualifier as her nation of Poland took on Romania.
Swiatek made short work of those matches, downing Andreea Prisacariu and Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 respectively.
After defeating Lys, Swiatek will face either another German in Tamara Korpatsch or fellow Slam champion Emma Raducanu after the Brit overcame Australian Storm Sanders to take on Korpatsch.
3 – Iga #Swiatek is the third youngest player able to win 20+ consecutives matches in 2000s, only older than Venus Williams (35 wins in 2000) and Serena Williams (21 wins in 2002). Absurd.@WTA @WTA_insider pic.twitter.com/4XNPpH4hrw
— OptaAce (@OptaAce) April 20, 2022
Should Swiatek and Raducanu meet it would be their first encounter as professionals.
They have met before though, facing off at Wimbledon 2018 in the girls’ singles, a tournament then 17-year-old Swiatek went on to win.
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