Iga Swiatek is simply unstoppable as she dominated Victoria Azarenka in the round of 16 in the Italian Open. The World No. 1 defeated Azarenka 6-4, 6-1 to progress to the next round of the event in Rome. She also collected her 25th consecutive win on the WTA tour. The 20-year-old Pole became the only fifth player to achieve that feat in the WTA tour.
Before Swiatek, four more players have achieved the similar feat of winning 25 consecutive matches on the WTA tour. The list of players includes all great talents like Venus and Serena Williams, Justin Henin and her most recent opponent Victoria Azarenka. It once again highlights the fact that how the Belarusian has fallen from grace.
Iga Swiatek had a torrid start with Azarenka taking 3-0 lead and it seemed like the unbeaten run was going to end when th Pole managed to calm herself down to get back in the game. Due to some interruption in the crowd Azarenka lost her focus and gave away a break point to Swiatek. She showed signs of frustration on the court as the momentum swung in Swiatek’s favour with the win in the first set.
The second set was more of a formality s the youngster simply dominated proceedings and wrapped the game up in straight sets. For Azarenka, it was a good outing as she challenged the World No.1 and almost had the game under her control but sadly she allowed it to slip.
With this win, Iga Swiatek also entered the top 15 list of longest winning streaks in WTA history. The list includes some of the legendary tennis superstars over the years.
Top 15 longest win streak in WTA (All Time):-
- 1) Martina Navratilova – 74
- 2) Steffi Graff – 66
- 3) Martina Navratilova – 58
- 4) Margaret Court – 57
- 5) Chris Evert – 55
- 6) Martina Navratilova – 54
- 7) Stefi Graff – 46
- 8) Stefi Graff – 45
- 9) Chris Evert – 41
- 10) Martina Navratilova – 41
- 11) Venus Williams – 35
- 12) Serena Williams – 34
- 13) Justine Henin – 32
- 14) Victoria Azarenka – 26
- 15) Iga Swiatek – *25
Iga Swiatek will face Bianca Andreescu in the quarterfinals in Rome
Iga Swiatek is aiming to win her fifth WTA title this year. She has already won titles in Qatar and achieved the Sunshine Double by winning consecutive titles at the Indian Wells and the Miami Open followed by another title in the Stuttgart Open. She took a break from the tour to keep herself fresh as she returned to play in the Italian Open.
In Rome, Swiatek has been decimating her opponents in no time. She wasted no time in defeating Elena-Gabriela Ruse where she came up with a second set bagel followed by a tricky win against Victoria Azarenka. Now the youngster will be up against former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu. The Canadian got a walkover from Emma Raducanu in the opening round and since then has beaten the likes of Nuria Parrizas-Diaz and Petra Martic, both in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals. Andreescu will be looking to stage a good fight against Iga Swiatek in the last eight clash.