Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley heaped praise on Iga Swiatek as he has stated that tying Venus Williams' winning record from 2000 is a remarkable achievement. Swiatek, who turned 21 last week, has won her last 35 matches.
In 2000, seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams won 35 consecutive matches. Swiatek is now just a win away from setting the new record for the most wins on the women's side in the 21st century. "She’s certainly doing well, I think 35 straight wins, I believe that ties Venus williams’ record from over 10 years ago, so it's a remarkable achievement.
She’s won the French [Open] before and winning it again and now going into the grass court season, playing as well as she is, she’s gonna be hard to beat this year and she’s been dominant in the matches that she’s been winning," Tiley said on The AO Show Podcast, per Sportskeeda.
Tiley: Swiatek and Ashleigh Barty would have been an interesting matchup
In January, Barty defeated Swiatek in the Adelaide semifinal. Barty played the final tournament of her career at the Australian Open, while Swiatek's stunning streak started in late February.
"I look back and say that it’d be an interesting match-up between Ash and Iga during the year. But Iga right now is playing dominant tennis. Though I will say that I think Coco Gauff is a player of the future, has got potential to play a really good game, maybe just got overwhelmed when she lost 6-1, 6-3 in the finals," said Tiley.
Swiatek is now the face of the women's tennis and she handles herself almost perfectly, on and off the court. "Iga gets on with her business and just finds a way to win matches. But off the court (she's) very friendly and very responsive too.
Any time I've sent her a note or congratulated her, I always get a response from Iga. She's got a magnificent personality," Tiley added.