Iga Swiatek last lost in February and has won 33 times in a row since then. As the world number one, the 21-year-old confidently moves into the semi-finals of the French Open. It almost seems as if your birthday is your biggest opponent during the tournament.
Iga Swiatek is usually very good with numbers, the number one in the tennis world loves mathematics. After reaching the semi-finals in Paris, the number one title contender got bogged down in a simple task. A day after her 21st birthday, Swiatek counted herself a year too old and wrote in her obligatory victory message "
Sometimes she is a bit confused after tough matches. You are currently encountering an enormous number of numbers at the French Open, for example 33. Swiatek has now won so many matches in a row and is increasingly scratching historical records. Only Serena Williams (34 successes until Wimbledon 2013) and Venus Williams (35 successes until Linz 2000) have had longer winning streaks in this century than the woman who dominated the tour after Ashleigh Barty retired in March.
The 2020 French Open winner last lost a game in mid-February at the tournament in Dubai. "I'm just trying to concentrate on my game and I managed to do that again today," said Swiatek. In the round of the last four, the Pole will face Russian Darja Kassatkina this Thursday. The 25-year-old won in the quarterfinals against her compatriot Veronika Kudermetowa 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 5) and reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. "I'm overjoyed," said the Russian: "But I don't have time to be happy because the next match is tomorrow."
In the other semi-final duel, American Coco Gauff and unseeded Martina Trevisan from Italy also face each other on Thursday. Angelique Kerber was the last German to drop out in the third round. The three-time Grand Slam tournament winner wants to return to the tour in Bad Homburg in two and a half weeks and prepare for Wimbledon there.