World number one Iga Swiatek puts her 32-game unbeaten streak on the line in Wednesday’s French Open quarter-final against Jessica Pegula. If she wins Saturday’s final, she will equal Venus Williams’ longest run by a player in the 21st century. Here’s how his current run compares to other 30+ game winning streaks since 2000:
32: Iga Swiatek (POL) 2022– The Pole, who turned 21 on Tuesday, embarked on a brilliant run of form that has seen her win five consecutive tournaments since a round of 16 loss to Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai in February. Since then, she has gone from world number seven to the top of the rankings, although partly helped by the surprise retirement of former incumbent Ashleigh Barty.
Swiatek has won three WTA 1000 titles in that span – in Indian Wells, Miami and Rome – and now has a second French Open crown of his career in sight.
32: Justine Henin (BEL) 2007-08— After reaching all four Grand Slam finals in 2006, Henin enjoyed another dominant campaign the following year. She won a third consecutive title at Roland-Garros before losing to Marion Bartoli in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. But she bounced back from that disappointment in style, winning 25 straight matches to end the year, winning her trophies at both the US Open and the WTA Finals.
Henin kicked off her 2008 season with another title in Sydney, but her unbeaten streak was snapped by Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
The Belgian announced her surprise retirement a few months later, ahead of her Roland Garros title defense and while still remaining world number one. She made a brief comeback in 2010-11 before retiring for a second and final time.
34: Serena Williams (USA) 2013— Serena Williams won an incredible 11 WTA titles in 2013, including the French and US Opens. His longest unbeaten run this season began with his success at the Miami Open. The now 23-time Grand Slam champion won her second Roland Garros title by beating Sharapova in the final, having also won in Charleston, Madrid and Rome.
But the American great missed a match to equal her older sister Venus’ record, losing a dramatic fourth round match at Wimbledon to grass court specialist Sabine Lisicki.
35: Venus Williams (USA) 2000— Venus Williams won five WTA titles and Olympic gold in her turn-of-the-century unbeaten run that no one has improved on since. She won her first Grand Slam title with a final victory over Lindsay Davenport at Wimbledon and also earned US Open honors with a victory over her compatriot. Williams was never ranked higher than world number three during her run, which was finished by Davenport in the Linz event finale.
Swiatek is once again threatening Williams’ mark, although the longest unbeaten streak of all time – Martina Navratilova’s 74-game streak in 1984 – is still a long way off.
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