Frustrated Swiatek continues in Wimbledon

Nor was it Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove who stopped Iga Swiatek’s wild victory hour.

Like Swiatek’s previous 36 opponents, Kerkhove had to leave the field with a defeat when she met the Pole in the second round of Wimbledon.

However, Kerkhove did not just lie down. The Dutchman let Swiatek fight for the victory, which was in three sets with the figures 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

In fact, the Pole was clearly frustrated along the way, but even though the game was not as good as it used to be, Swiatek advanced to the third round.

The 21-year-old Swiatek, who has not lost a game since February 16, has the longest winning streak of this millennium. With her victory on Tuesday in the first round, she surpassed the American tennis icon Venus Williams, who in 2000 won 35 matches in a row.

Now Swiatek is up to 37 victories in a row. Along the way, she has won the French Open as well as the WTA 1000 tournaments Indian Wells and Miami Open.

The young Pole has been number one in the world rankings since Australian Ashleigh Barty somewhat surprisingly retired at the end of March, and has thus been something almost invincible this year.

Now Alize Cornet is waiting in the third round for Swiatek, whose best result so far at Wimbledon was when she reached the fourth round last year.

Earlier Thursday, sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova smoked out after an unexpected defeat to British wild card player Katie Boulter.

The Wimbledon winner from 2019, Simona Halep, will be in action on Thursday night. The same goes for American Coco Gauff.

By Editor

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