Into the quarters with a quarter century – Iga Swiatek claims 25th consecutive win
Iga Swiatek has reached the quarter-finals in Rome after clinching her 25th successive win.
The world number one downed former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-1 to extend her Italian Open win streak to eight after taking the title last year.
Swiatek was already the first woman since Serena Williams in 2015 to win 24 or more matches in a row after ousting lucky loser Elena-Gabriela Ruse in her first match in the Italian capital.
The Serena streak lasted from the 2014 WTA Finals to the 2015 Madrid Open and saw the American legend win 27 matches on the bounce.
As such, Swiatek would match that run should she reach the final in Rome and she would surpass it if she defends her WTA 1000 title.
24 – Iga #Swiatek is the first female player to win 24+ consecutive matches since Serena #Williams in 2015 (between the WTA Finals 2014 and Madrid 2015). Havoc.@WTA @WTA_insider pic.twitter.com/oSqUmME3IW
— OptaAce (@OptaAce) May 11, 2022
Next up the Pole will take on the in-form Bianca Andreescu as the Canadian continues her tour comeback.
She has defeated US Open champion Emma Raducanu, Nuria Parrizas-Diaz and Petra Martic, all without dropping a set, to earn the right to take on the world number one.
It will be a first meeting between the two women at any level of singles competition, though they did meet in the girls’ doubles of the Australian Open juniors back in 2017.
Currently ranked 90th in the world, Andreescu is building her position on the WTA ladder with her progress in Rome.
She is up to 72nd in the live WTA rankings and will finish the week at least 74th.
Should she pull off the upset over Swiatek the 21-year-old would sit at 57th in the live rankings.
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