Iga Swiatek extends winning streak with Italian Open Round of 32 win
Iga Swiatek has continued her incredible WTA Tour winning streak with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Elena-Gabriela Ruse at the Italian Open.
The triumph ensures that Swiatek has won 24 matches on the bounce in WTA Tour competition.
The World No 1 was happy to get back into the swing of things as she returned to the court for the first time since winning in Stuttgart.
iga gonna iga (win matches as fast as possible 🙃)
— wta (@WTA) May 11, 2022
“I’m pretty proud I could get into the rhythm today, just take some lessons during the match and improve my game, game by game,” Swiatek said in victory.
“That was pretty solid match for me … I think she’s playing really solid tennis. I could feel that today on my racquet, that she could really give back some strong hits.”
Swiatek isn’t taking anything for granted in the last 16 where she will meet former World no 1 Victoria Azarenka.
“I was actually talking with my coach, what’s the difference between her game on hard court and clay. For sure we’re going to analyze that. Tactically I’m going to be prepared,” Swiatek said.
“I’ve never even had a chance to play a practice with her on clay, so I’m not sure how the game is going to look like … She’s such an experienced player that you have to be ready for variety. You have to be ready for facing a lot of variety in her game.”
Meanwhile former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu toughed out a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz.
“It was great. I think this is a great match for me to build and learn from. I’m very pumped. It was pretty emotional,” Andreescu said after the match.
“She plays really well. She changes up the rhythm. She hits very hard and deep. She stands really far back … In the second set it was just who wins the most important points kind of thing. I was really focusing on my serve, to get those in as much as I can because I know it’s up and down. It was just a dog fight.”
Andreescu will face Croatian qualifier Petra Martic in the next round.
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