Iga Swiatek ‘pretty happy’ as she extends extraordinary winning streak at Wimbledon
World number one Iga Swiatek posted her 36th successive match victory with a dominant win over Croatian qualifier Jana Fett at Wimbledon on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite not having played a grass court match this season, the Pole took to the surface with ease, sealing a 6-0 6-3 victory in one hour and 14 minutes to advance to the second round.
Swiatek was able to overpower her lower-ranked opponent throughout the encounter, hitting ten winners to Fett’s seven, and making far fewer errors than the Croat.
In the absence of defending champion Ash Barty, who retired earlier this year, Swiatek was given the honour of opening play on Centre Court on the second day of the Championships.
And the world number one appeared eager to live up to the high-profile billing, breaking Fett in her opening service game of the match.
Swiatek, who is now on a 36-match winning streak, which is the longest in the WTA this century, was impressive off the ground throughout the first set, sealing the bagel in just over half an hour.
Despite her early woes, the Croat was able to put up more resistance in the second set, twice going up an early break.
But Swiatek was not to be denied, clawing back the advantage on both occasions.
After breaking Fett’s serve again, Swiatek hammered a powerful serve down the centre service line to seal her first victory since claiming the Roland Garros title just over three weeks ago.
It’s official: Iga Swiatek has the longest win streak of the century. pic.twitter.com/Odnu2Y8pia
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) June 28, 2022
Speaking after the match Swiatek said – “it’s my first match on grass this season so I knew it was going to be tricky. So I’m pretty happy that I came back and that I could finish in two sets.”
Although the Pole has never reached the quarterfinal stage at the All England Club before, her recent form has ensured that she is still one of the favourites for the title.
If the world number one were able to win at SW19 she would become the first female player to win back-to-back Grand Slams since Naomi Osaka followed up her US Open title in 2018 with victory at the following Australian Open.
Iga Swiatek now faces Dutch lucky loser Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove for a place in the third round.
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