“Not someone like Alize Cornet” Mats Wilander surprised by Iga Swiatek’s defeat in third round of 2022 Wimbledon

Mats Wilander reacts to Iga Swiatek's defeat in the 3rd round of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships as the World No. 1 loses after 37 matches.

Iga Swiatek, Alize Cornet, Mats Wilander
Iga Swiatek, Alize Cornet, Mats Wilander

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek was defeated in the third round of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships as World No. 37 Alize Cornet. The French veteran won the match 6-4, 6-2 to end Iga’s streak of 37 consecutive wins that started in February and saw her win 6 consecutive titles including the 2022 French Open and four WTA-1000 titles.

While Iga has far less experience on grass and it is not her strongest suit, the top seed was certainly struggling in her previous two matches as well but found her way somehow. It was not the case however in the third round with Cornet taking the charge early in the game and by the second set, Swiatek looks demoralised to fight back into the match and take it into the third set handing Cornet her 4th win against a World No. 1 and her 24th Top-10 win.

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“There was a chance Iga Swiatek wasn’t going to win Wimbledon”: Mats Wilander

Alize Cornet and Iga Swiatek
Alize Cornet and Iga Swiatek

Speaking about the defeat of Iga, former World no. 1 and 7-time major winner Mats Wilander gave his thoughts on the match. The tennis great felt that a defeat for Swiatek was about to come with her discomfort on the surface this week. He however expressed that he did not believe Iga will go down to a player like Cornet and thought someone higher ranked would be the one taking her down.

“I’m kind of shocked. I thought that there was a chance she wasn’t going to win Wimbledon, but the type of opponent I thought she would struggle against was not going to be someone like Alize Cornet. Cornet puts a lot of balls back in play but doesn’t hit that hard. I think that it’s down to at least the Cornet’s fighting spirit. But also you have to put yourself in Iga’s mindset.

“She’s getting closer to losing every match she played. And we were just saying before she’s most probably going to thank god and think, ‘let me get out of here. Now I don’t want to play any more tennis for a while’. So it is sad, it’s a big moment. And she now is stuck at 37 wins in a row with Martina Hingis,” said Wilander on Eurosport.

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