ROME — Not since Serena Williams seven years in the past has one other lady had such a scorching streak.
High-ranked Iga Swiatek routed Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to increase her successful streak to 27 matches and attain the Italian Open closing.
Williams gained the identical variety of consecutive matches over 2014 and 2015.
Aiming to defend her Rome title and win her fifth straight event, Swiatek dominated the eighth-ranked Sabalenka with a mixture of energy, consistency and finesse.
Whereas she struggled along with her serve at occasions, Swiatek was capable of persistently crush each forehand and backhand winners on the sluggish, crimson clay courtroom on the Foro Italico. The 20-year-old Polish participant additionally hit a fragile backhand half-volley winner within the closing recreation of the primary set.
High WTA Win Streaks Since 2000
Venus Williams352000Serena Williams342013Justine Henin322007-08Serena Williams272014-15Iga Swiatek272022Victoria Azarenka262012— ESPN Stats & Info
Swiatek had the identical variety of winners and unforced errors, 15, whereas Sabalenka produced simply eight winners and had a whopping 31 unforced errors.
The hard-hitting Sabalenka took a medical timeout late within the second set and had her again handled.
Swiatek, who was a shock champion on the French Open in 2020 when she was ranked No. 54, would be the favourite so as to add a second title at Roland Garros when the yr’s second Grand Slam begins subsequent weekend.
First, although, Swiatek will face both Ons Jabeur — who’s on a 10-match successful streak — or Daria Kasatkina of Russia in Sunday’s closing.
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