Iga Swiatek makes its 61 wins and counting as she sets up Coco Gauff clash – ‘My dreams are coming true’

Iga Swiatek celebrates

Iga Swiatek’s season to remember continues as she notched up her 61st victory of the year with a battling win over Zheng Qinwen in the second round of the San Diego Open.

The Pole has already claimed six titles – including the French Open and US Open – surged to No 1 in the WTA Rankings and also set the longest winning streak in women’s tennis in the 21st century after notching up 37 victories in a row between February and July.

Just a few days after finishing runner-up to Barbora Krejcikova in a gruelling three-hour and 16-minute Ostrava Open final, Swiatek again had to go the distance.

On Thursday the world No 1 was made to work for her win as Zheng took her to three sets before she eventually prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in two hours and 18 minutes to set up a clash against rising star Coco Gauff.

After saving a break point in game eight, Swiatek got the breakthrough in the following game and held to love to take the opening set.

The roles were reversed in the second set as the world No 28 saved eight break points – including five in game nine – before a break in game 10 took them to three sets.

But Swiatek eventually found her A-game as she broke three times in the dedicer to win six games in a row.

Asked about her incredible season, the three-time Grand Slam winner replied: “It’s pretty amazing. I wasn’t expecting to have this kind of good experience so soon in my career.

“I thought I would have that when I was at my peak at 24 or 25 and have that experience. I am pretty happy that I am able to give my all and play well and be in that place. My dreams are coming true.”

Swiatek added later: “Qinwen, she has a different game style because she’s playing topspin on her forehand and the ball is flying pretty high. So today I had to adjust to that.

“But overall, the first matches of any tournament is about adjusting to the conditions we have here.”

She will face sixth seed Gauff for a place in the semi-final after the American beat former US Open winner Bianca Andreescu 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

“This draw is so good that I wasn’t expecting any easy matches,” Swiatek said.

The winner of the Swiatek-Gauff clash will face either fourth seed Jessica Pegula or Madison Keys for a place in the final after the former beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1 while Keys upset eight seed Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-3.

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