Iga Swiatek: The 21-year-old who could break Serena Williams’ record winning streak

Swiatek, who turned 21 on Tuesday, won her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros two years ago. Now, with a 32-match winning streak and the longest unbeaten streak on the women’s tour since Williams scored 34 consecutive wins in 2013, she is the favorite to win. French Open this year.

But the Polish star won’t let the pressure deter her.

“[T]there is no point in thinking, “Oh, this streak is getting long. When will I lose? Or, I don’t know, is it even possible to win so many matches?” she told the WTA Insider podcast.

“I just don’t think about it. I honestly kind of believe that the sky is the limit, and I can even go forward.

“This attitude of just looking ahead without thinking about what has already happened has really helped me because I also save energy by not doing it. I am very proud of myself,” she added.

Though it’s not always smooth sailing for Swiatek, whose winning streak was in jeopardy at the French Open on Monday.

She is defeated Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen in the fourth round, but not before Zheng took a set off the world No. 1. one.
Swiatek plays with a backhand against Zheng.

Zheng, 19, was in for a major disappointment when she won the first tiebreaker match before Swiatek took control and won 6-7 (5) 6-0 6-2, her 32nd straight win.

“It was not easy to find solutions, find other tactics and do something different, because I was not sure what I was doing wrong,” she said.

Swiatek began to regroup outside the box, deciding sing dua lipa in her head instead of focusing on “technical things”.
In the quarter-finals of the French Open, Rafael Nadal will play with his arch-rival Novak Djokovic.

“This is not the first time. I always sing something,” she admitted.

Family tradition

Sport runs through the entire Swiatek family: her father competed for Poland at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

“I think we were always focused on the job because of him because he had high hopes that we would get good grades and have good practice,” she told CNN earlier.

“Sometimes these expectations are not good because they put pressure on the child, but in my case, I think it really helped me because I learned to be a professional.

“My sister got injured when she was 15 and she stopped playing tennis but she has a great mind and is a very good student so I think we will both succeed.”

Swiatek’s dominance comes at a time when there is no clear contender for her winning streak.

Ashleigh Barty, who has dominated every surface by winning Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open, abruptly retired from tennis earlier this year at the age of 25.

The victory in the French capital would also make Swiatek the first woman to win six tournaments in a row since Justine Henin won this between 2007 and 2008.

“I think the key is to just do the same thing that I did before. Right now, in these tournaments, I’ve already faced a lot of pressure. So hopefully the other pressure we have at the Grand Slams isn’t going to overwhelm me,” she said. WTA Insider podcast.

“But I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that this streak will end one day. It is physically and mentally hard to keep doing the same job every week because we are human too.

“So I’m just going to try and get a little further away from it and just treat the Grand Slam like any other tournament and maybe enjoy a little more what’s going on around us – enjoy the fact that we have one day off between matches. because it’s here.” It was quite tense and I didn’t even get to see Rome. So in Paris, I hope things will be different.”

Ben Church and Aimee Lewis provided reporting.