Swiatek equals Serena Williams with 27-match winning streak

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May 14, 2022 6:01:49 pm

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates aft winning her semifinal lucifer against Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus astatine the Italian Open tennis tournament, successful Rome, Saturday, May 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Not since Serena Williams 7 years agone has different pistillate had specified a blistery streak.

Top-ranked Iga Swiatek routed Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 connected Saturday to widen her winning streak to 27 matches and scope the Italian Open final.

Williams won the aforesaid fig of consecutive matches implicit 2014 and 2015.

Aiming to support her Rome rubric and triumph her 5th consecutive tournament, Swiatek dominated the eighth-ranked Sabalenka with a premix of power, consistency and finesse.

5th last successful a row.
10th consecutive triumph successful Rome.
27-straight lucifer wins.

🇵🇱 @iga_swiatek, signore e signori.#IBI22 pic.twitter.com/hiK7PI21eT

— wta (@WTA) May 14, 2022

While she struggled with her service astatine times, Swiatek was capable to consistently crush some forehand and backhand winners connected the slow, reddish clay tribunal astatine the Foro Italico. The 20-year-old Polish subordinate besides deed a delicate backhand half-volley victor successful the last crippled of the archetypal set.

Swiatek had the aforesaid fig of winners and unforced errors, 15, portion Sabalenka produced conscionable 8 winners and had a whopping 31 unforced errors.

The hard-hitting Sabalenka took a aesculapian timeout precocious successful the 2nd acceptable and had her backmost treated.

Swiatek, who was a astonishment champion astatine the French Open successful 2020 erstwhile she was ranked No. 54, volition beryllium the favourite to adhd a 2nd rubric astatine Roland Garros erstwhile the year’s 2nd Grand Slam starts adjacent weekend.

First, though, Swiatek volition look either Ons Jabeur — who is connected a 10-match winning streak — oregon Daria Kasatkina of Russia successful Sunday’s final.

The men’s semifinals aboriginal featured Novak Djokovic against Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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