Iga Swiatek wins 15th consecutive match to reach Miami semi-final and admits: ‘I think I’m on a roll’

Shahida Jacobs
Iga Swiatek celebrates

World No 1-in-waiting Iga Swiatek cruised past Petra Kvitova to reach the semi-final of the Miami Open and take her unbeaten run to 15 matches.

It has been fortnight to remember for Swiatek as she won the Qatar Open, then confirmed her position as the new world No 1 following Ashleigh Barty’s retirement and now she has kept herself in the running for a third WTA 1000 title.

The Pole, who also won the Italian Open last year, was always in control as she beat the two-time Grand Slam winner 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 17 minutes.

Swiatek didn’t face a single break point and broke in game six of the opening set and games five and nine of the second to ease into the last four.

“I want to use the confidence that I built since the beginning of Doha,” the 20-year-old said.

“I think I’m on a roll and I want to use that. Having that kind of streak got pretty tricky, but I’m pretty glad that I could play well, that I’m healthy, and that I can compete against players like Petra. She’s a legend.”

The second seed will face Jessica Pegula for a place in the final after the American advanced when Paula Badosa retired due to illness with the Spaniard suffering from a viral infection.