Iga Swiatek’s very good kind continued as she overcame one other grand slam champion within the type of Bianca Andreescu to succeed in the final 4 of the Italian Open.
Swiatek, who shall be aiming to regain the French Open title she gained in 2020 when she heads to Roland Garros later this month, has gained 26 matches on the bounce after a 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 overcome Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion.
The 20-year-old Pole has now gained all 9 of her matches since turning into world No.1 following Ash Barty’s retirement in March.
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That makes her a part of an unique membership, with solely Justine Henin (in 2004) and Victoria Azarenka (in 2012) having achieved that feat within the twenty first century.
Swiatek’s profitable streak additionally matches Azarenka’s 2012 sequence because the fifth-longest this century.
Henin and the Williams sisters Venus and Serena are the one gamers to have gained extra consecutive matches for the reason that begin of 2000.
“Being in that kind of group is like a dream come true for me,” stated Swiatek, who has gained 38 of her previous 39 units since her fourth-round match on the Indian Wells Open.
“I wouldn’t think of that when I was younger,” Swiatek.
“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.”
The one participant to have crushed Swiatek in a tour-level quarter-final thus far is Maria Sakkari, at Roland Garros final 12 months, however the Greek noticed victory slip from her grasp in opposition to Ons Jabeur.
Sakkari led 6-1 5-2 in opposition to the Tunisian, but Jabeur rallied remarkably to say a primary profession win in opposition to a top-five opponent on clay, prevailing 1-6 7-5 6-1.
After profitable the Madrid Open final week, Jabeur has now gained 10 straight matches whereas she has claimed 16 victories on clay in 2022, main the best way on the WTA Tour.
Whereas Jabeur will face world No.23 Daria Kasatkina, whose opponent Jil Teichmann retired when 6-4 3-2 down, Swiatek will go up in opposition to third seed Aryna Sabalenka.
Amanda Anisimova had not misplaced to Sabalenka in 4 earlier conferences over the previous three years, however her luck ran out as she went down 4-6 6-3 6-2.