Wimbledon: Iga Swiatek's 37-match winning streak ends with stunning third-round loss to Alize Cornet

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Upsets aren’t unusual in the tennis world — even the best gamers of perpetuity do not frequently run of long strings of competition triumphes. When winning-streak headings begin reaching the “longest of the decade” or “longest of the century” point, it ends up being even more sensational when they concern an end. 

Iga Swiatek’s extraordinary winning streak is over at 37 matches after a third-round loss to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon. Swiatek’s streak is the longest in the WTA this century, topping legends Venus Williams (35 in 2000), Serena Williams (34 in 2013) and Justine Henin (32 in 2007-08). 

The extraordinary run concerned a crashing stop on Centre Court at the All England Club on Saturday in a match where Swiatek, the world’s top-ranked female, just wasn’t sharp in a 6-4, 6-2 loss. She dedicated 33 unforced mistakes, won just 30% (8-for-27) of her second-serve points and just 37% of her getting points. 

“I know I didn’t play good tennis. I was pretty confused about my tactics,” Swiatek stated after the match.

Cornet, on the other hand, is on to the 4th round at Wimbledon, and this isn’t the very first time she has actually won a stunner in London. Back in 2014, Cornet upset then-world No. 1 Serena Williams in the 3rd round at Wimbledon. At the time, Williams was the protecting champ and had actually won 3 of the previous 4 Wimbledon songs titles. 

“I have no words right now. It reminds me of the time I beat Serena on the same court, eight years ago exactly,” Cornet stated, according to the AP. “This court is a lucky charm for me.”  

While Cornet carries on in the competition — to deal with Harmony Tan, who beat Serena Williams in the preliminary at Wimbledon this year — Swiatek’s streak will decrease as one of the best achievements in contemporary ladies’s tennis. 

  • It is the longest WTA winning streak because Martina Hingis rattled 37 successive triumphes in 1997. 
  • Swiatek went 12-0 versus the present leading 15 in the WTA rankings throughout that stretch — which group does not consist of triumphes versus multiple-time Grand Slam winners and previous world No. Ones Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka.
  • The streak consisted of Swiatek’s 2nd Grand Slam champion (French Open) and 4 WTA1000 titles (Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Rome)
  • The streak ends with Swiatek having almost double the WTA rankings points as the No. 1 gamer worldwide than the No. 2 gamer Ons Jabeur.

Before the loss to Cornet, Swiatek’s last defeat concerned Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai on Feb. 16 — 136 days earlier.

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