Watch: Iga Swiatek claims 26th straight WTA Tour win

World No 1 Iga Swiatek now owns the joint-fifth longest streak this century after beating Bianca Andreescu on the Italian Open.

Swiatek prolonged her profitable streak to 26 with a 7-6(2), 6-0 defeat of Andreescu in 1 hour and 44 minutes on Friday.

Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Justine Henin are the one girls to have gained extra matches in sequence since 2000.

Watch: Iga Swiatek wins 26th match in a row

“Being in that kind of group is like a dream come true for me,” she stated 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.

“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.”


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