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INCREDIBLE IGA: 10 THINGS SWIATEK ACHIEVED BY WINNING ROLAND GARROS THIS YEAR

The 21-year-old rolled to her second Grand Slam title in Paris, unlocking a whole host of nifty stats along the way.

 

 

Here are 10 things the 2020 and 2022 champion achieved in Paris this year:

 

 

She extended her winning streak to 35 matches in a row. She’s the second woman since 2000 to win 35 matches in a row, alongside Venus Williams in 2000, and just the eighth woman in the entire Open Era to achieve the feat, after Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis and Venus.

 

 

She’s won her last 6 tournaments in a row, too. And they’ve all been big: Doha (WTA 1000), Indian Wells (WTA 1000), Miami (WTA 1000), Stuttgart (WTA 500), Rome (WTA 1000) and Roland Garros (Grand Slam). She’s just the third woman since 2000 to win six WTA events in a row, joining Venus in 2000 and Justine Henin in 2007-2008.

 

 

She’s now won her last 9 finals in a row—in straight sets. Since losing her very first WTA final as a No. 115-ranked 17-year-old in Lugano, Switzerland in 2019, Swiatek has been on fire in finals, not even losing more than four games in any set: 6-4, 6-1; 6-2, 6-2; 6-0, 6-0; 6-2, 6-0; 6-4, 6-1; 6-4, 6-0; 6-2, 6-2; 6-2, 6-2; and most recently her 6-1, 6-3 championship victory over Coco Gauff in Paris on Saturday.

 

She’s won her last 13 matches in a row against Top 20 players. Those 13 wins have all come within the 35-match winning streak since February and include seven Top 10 wins (three against Aryna Sabalenka, two against Maria Sakkari and one each against Anett Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur) and two more Top 20 wins at Roland Garros (Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals and Daria Kasatkina in the semifinals).

 

She’s now won 56 of the last 58 sets she’s played. Since dropping the first set of her 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Angelique Kerber in the fourth round of Indian Wells, Swiatek is 56-2 in sets, only losing a pair of first-set tie-breaks to Liudmila Samsonova in the semifinals of Stuttgart (6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5) and to Zheng Qinwen in the fourth round of Roland Garros (6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-2). She was up in both of those sets, too.

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