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Iga Swiatek downs Jana Fett to snatch the LONGEST win streak in women’s singles tennis this century

Iga Swiatek defeats Jana Fett in straight sets to achieve LONGEST win streak in women’s singles this century and secure her place in the second round at Wimbledon

  • World No. 1 Iga Swiatek defeated Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3 in her first round at Wimbledon
  • The Polish tennis star brought her winning streak to 36 to enter the second round
  • She dominated the first set but had to fight for the second as Fett fought back
  • The 2022 French Open champion is still bidding for her first Wimbledon crown

Iga Swiatek is arguably the most reliable train in Britain at the moment.

With a 36th win in a row taking her to the second round of Wimbledon, the question is what it will take to end this immense streak.

Granted, these are grass courts, not gravel. And this is women’s tennis, and that’s no place to hunt for certainties.

World No 1 Iga Swiatek dominated Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3 in her first round win at Wimbledon

World No 1 Iga Swiatek dominated Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3 in her first round win at Wimbledon

But Swiatek, the world No. 1 with a toss of six consecutive tournament wins, is fast becoming one of the great bankers in the sport, even though her 6-0, 6-3 win over Jana Fett may not have been the case. smooth as it sounds.

The first set was a blitz – the numbers are clear on that. But it was the second, which briefly ran the risk of a 1-3, 0-40 deficit, that pointed to the 21-year-old’s sporadic discomforts.

In it, there were enough mistimed foundations and soft services to at least question whether she will reach the same untouchable levels on grass.

The Croat and world champion No. 252 fought back in the second and won three games against Swiatek

The Croat and world champion No. 252 fought back in the second and won three games against Swiatek

But that might just be wishful thinking for a good competition, because Swiatek has no equal in form.

Fett, 25 years old and the number 25 in the world, came into this competition with fewer Tour-level victories in her career – 16 – than the 42 her Polish opponent has amassed in the first half of 2022 alone.

Her run of 36 is now the second best since 1990, surpassing only Martina Hingis’ run of 37 in 1997. An astonishing body of work.

“It’s my first grass game this season, so I’m happy,” said Swiatek, a junior winner here who has never made it past the last 16 as a senior.

“Fett has done a pretty good job and I’m preparing and trying to figure it out. It’s exciting, a new experience for me.’

Polish athlete bids for her first Wimbledon title after winning the 2022 French Open

Polish athlete bids for her first Wimbledon title after winning the 2022 French Open

True to all predictions, it was a blood-curdling performance for Fett, or rather in the opening set. Swiatek took Fett’s first-ever service game for 2-0, aided by a couple of double faults, then broke again to go four clear.

Fett’s serve was hopelessly lost in wind and opportunity, but the bigger factor was the dominant force on the other side. Swiatek was just way too good, even in the low gears.

A third break came at 5-0, with which the set was played after barely half an hour. By the end, Fett had conceded 14 unforced errors and five doubles to the best player in the world – tight ropes are hard enough to run at the best time, let alone on one leg.

For its part, Swiatek was stable, if not spectacular. There was a glimpse of that big writhing forehand, modeled after Rafael Nadal’s battle, but like her hero, she’ll have to find a way to use it best on the lower bounces of a lawn.

She claimed her 36th straight win to hold the longest streak in women's singles this century

She claimed her 36th straight win to hold the longest streak in women’s singles this century

That became apparent in the second set, when her timing issues were compounded by a marked rise in Fett’s play.

The Croat broke immediately, which was a surprise, and was broken back in the next, which was not the case. The plot twist came when Fett broke again before holding on and opening a 3-1 lead.

She quickly advanced to 0-40 on Swiatek’s serve, but failed on every chance and then two more, allowing Swiatek to wiggle freely.

A potential 4-1 lead with a double break became 3-2 on service and in the blink of an eye it was 5-3 for Swiatek. She served it out and continued.

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