Women’s 2022 French Open Recap – Iga Solidifies #1 Status
Iga Swiatek is on fire. By winning her second French Open title, she has now extended her win streak to 35 matches. Is it that fancy new signature Tecnifibre racket that’s making all the difference? She now becomes the eighth woman in the Open Era with a streak of matches of 35 or more. Here’s the complete list:
- Martina Navratilova: 74 wins in a row in 1984 (also had a 58, 54, 41, 37, and 36)
- Steffi Graf: 66 wins in a row in 1989-1990 (also had a 46 and 45)
- Margaret Court: 57 wins in a row in 1972-1973
- Chris Evert: 55 wins in a row in 1974 (also had a 41 and 36)
- Martina Hingis: 37 wins in a row in 1997
- Monica Seles: 36 wins in a row in 1990
- Venus Williams: 35 wins in a row in 2000
- Iga Swiatek: 35 wins in a row in 2022
That’s some pretty good company Iga is with, and deservedly so. To continue the streak alive, Iga breezed through the French Open, dropping only one set on her way to the title. Her streak began in Qatar on February 22nd and continued with titles at Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, and Italy. Nobody in the WTA seems to be able to match her athleticism, strength, groundstrokes, strategic approach, or will to win. She looks unbeatable. It will be interesting to see how she does on grass. It will be harder to continue this streak on her least favorite surface.
I wouldn’t bet against her though. She’s just a level above everyone else right now. With Barty now gone, and Osaka not at her best (maybe she needs a better stringer for her Yonex racket) there’s little indication anybody else can challenge Iga. She could very well dominate the tour like Graf or Navratilova did in the 80s and 90s. If that’s the case, there will many more grand slams to come for Iga.
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