Quick Bit: A look at Iga Swiatek’s remarkable winning run in 2022, which was extended as she triumphed in the French Open final against Coco Gauff.
Women’s world number one Iga Swiatek has taken the tennis world by storm in 2022.
After inheriting the top ranking following Ash Barty’s shock retirement, the Polish star has only gone from strength to strength.
Her rise to the top of tennis has coincided with an incredible winning streak that has rarely been seen in the 21st century.
On Saturday, Swiatek won the French Open for the second time, defeating Coco Gauff in straight sets in the final. It was her 35th consecutive match win, with her last loss now dating back to February 16 when she was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai.
The 21-year-old’s winning streak is turning plenty of heads and getting close to challenging the best runs from the past.
How does Swiatek’s unbeaten run compare to others in tennis history?
Swiatek still has a few more matches to win to earn a spot amongst the best winning streaks in women’s tennis.
Martina Navratilova holds the current record having gone 74 matches unbeaten in 1984.
Steffi Graf strung together the next best run in 1989-90 when she won 66 straight matches.
Both Navratilova and Graf managed to pull off numerous impressive unbeaten runs during their decorated careers.
Swiatek’s French Open final victory moved her within six matches of a spot in the current top 10.
Longest WTA unbeaten runs
How does Swiatek’s winning streak compare to Serena and Venus Williams?
While Swiatek still has some way to go to match the best winning streaks in history, she does have two stars in her sights.
After winning her 33rd straight match, the Polish youngster surpassed Justine Henin to claim the third-best unbeaten run so far this century.
She then matched Venus Williams 35-match run without defeat, set back in 2000.
One further victory beyond that would then hand Swiatek the record for the longest WTA winning streak in the 21st century. If she can win the next tournament she enters this year, it will be her seventh consecutive title on the Tour, a feat never achieved before since the turn of the century.
Not bad for someone born in 2001.
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