Swiatek avoids scare at Wimbledon, takes winning streak to 37 matches
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek took her winning streak to 37 matches by beating Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the third round at Wimbledon.
Swiatek won on No. 1 Court to make her winning run the longest since Martina Hingis also won 37 matches in a row in 1997.
This victory, though, was far from easy for the Polish player — despite facing a player ranked 138th.
Swiatek had to save two break points in the opening game of the third set, then secured the decisive breakthrough with a slice of luck. At 2-1, Swiatek earned a break point when her Dutch opponent deliberately let a shot fly past her at the net, thinking it would sail long. However, it landed inside the baseline, and Swiatek then hit a forehand winner on the next point to break for a 3-1 lead.
Swiatek won her second French Open title this month but has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon.