Iga Swiatek’s streak goes on as she marches into last four in Rome
Iga Swiatek secured passage to the last four at the Italian Open and stretched her WTA Tour winning streak to 26 matches.
Swiatek claimed a 7-6(2), 6-0 victory against Bianca Andreescu in 1 hour and 44 minutes to set up a semi-final against Aryna Sabalenka.
The Pole was delighted to join an elite group of players with her winning streak now the joint-fifth longest this century.
XXVI wins 🏛
The remarkable run continues as @iga_swiatek fends off Andreescu 7-6(2), 6-0!#IBI22 pic.twitter.com/NiWdcM26AK
— wta (@WTA) May 13, 2022
Only Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Justine Henin own longer WTA winning streaks since 2000.
“Being in that kind of group is like a dream come true for me,” she said afterwards. “I wouldn’t think of that when I was younger. I’m pretty happy that I could do that because consistency was the thing I really wanted to work on last year. This year I feel like it clicked.”
Swiatek has been in imperious form in 2022 winning 38 of her last 39 sets dating back to the fourth round at Indian Wells.
During this period, Swiatek’s only dropped set came to Liudmila Samsonova in the Stuttgart semi-finals.
Her win over Andreescu means she has now won 12 of her 13 tour-level quarter-finals.
Swiatek was uncertain how Andreescu would play having never faced her at senior level, and admitting she hadn’t watched her play much since the Canadian’s return to action.
“I wasn’t really expecting anything because I didn’t actually know how she’s playing after the break. I watched many of her matches before she did that break. Right now I didn’t know if her tennis is the same or it changed a little bit.
“But I knew that physically I can play longer rallies and also play longer matches. So basically I was ready for that. Also, I knew that she’s going to change rhythm. She did that, which was pretty tricky. Just knowing that, I was just ready for it. Tactically I knew it about it, so I’m pretty happy that we prepared well.”
Meanwhile, Aryna Sabalenka overcame bogey player Amanda Anisimova for the first time in five meetings.
Sabalenka had lost twice to Anisimova already this season, with both meetings coming during the clay swing, to go with 2019 losses at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
She had to dig deep to get her first win over the American claiming a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Sabalenka had not reached the semi-finals at a WTA 1000 level or higher since her run to the 2021 US Open last four.
Swiatek leads the head to head series 2-1 having won their last meeting in the final at Stuttgart.
ATP Rankings: Carlos Alcaraz chasing No 1, Daniil Medvedev back in top five
Carlos Alcaraz has a window to regain the top rankings spot.
Carlos Alcaraz sets Indian Wells showdown with Daniil Medvedev
Carlos Alcaraz is one win away from becoming World No 1 again.
Elena Rybakina set to secure a new career-high WTA ranking
Elena Rybakina will reach a new career-high but victory at Indian Wells will see her supplant Maria Sakkari as world No 7.
Aryna Sabalenka says she has been subjected to abuse over nationality
Aryna Sabalenka said it was wrong to blame tennis players for the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
Frances Tiafoe out to test injured Daniil Medvedev
Frances Tiafoe wants to deny Daniil Medvedev his 19th win in succession.
Revealed: Novak Djokovic’s full financial loss after Covid vaccine decision
Novak Djokovic will miss the upcoming Miami Open and now the full cost of his decision to avoid taking a Covid-19 vaccine can be revealed.
Iga Swiatek says she wasn’t at 100 percent for Elena Rybakina clash
Iga Swiatek has vowed not to play if she isn’t fully fit.
Indian Wells set to stage Australian Open final rematch
Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka have set another showdown.
British tennis star Heather Watson catches the eye with revealing holiday pictures
Heather Watson, 30, leaves little to the imagination in her latest Instagram post.
Final decision is made on Novak Djokovic’s bid to play in Miami
It has now been confirmed that Novak Djokovic will not be taking part in the Miami Open that starts next week.