Iga Swiatek pulls off absolutely astonishing Serena Williams feat from early 2010s

Swiatek has been rock-strong against Grand Slam champions this year.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Iga Swiatek pulls off absolutely astonishing Serena Williams feat from early 2010s
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Iga Swiatek defeated Emma Raducanu in the Stuttgart quarterfinal and also pulled off a Serena Williams feat in the process, becoming the first player since the American tennis icon to clinch at least 11 consecutive wins over former Grand Slam champions, via OptaAce.

Swiatek, a four-time Grand Slam champion, defeated 2021 US Open champion Raducanu 7-6 (2) 6-3 on Friday in Stuttgart. For Raducanu, it was her seventh win over a former Grand Slam champion in 2024 - previously, she defeated Angelique Kerber, Sofia Kenin, Victoria Azarenka, Elena Rybakina, Sloane Stephens and Caroline Wozniacki.

In late 2023, Swiatek also defeated Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Marketa Vondrousova en route to winning the WTA Finals and also had one win over Gauff in Beijing.

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The last time someone on the WTA Tour had 11 consecutive wins over former Grand Slam champions happened between 2010 Wimbledon and the 2012 US Open, when Williams managed to do so.

Swiatek didn't have it easy against Raducanu

Although Swiatek entered the match as the big favorite, Raducanu came out playing some great tennis and she was pushing and testing the world No. 1. But Raducanu's level dropped in the first-set tie-break and then the start of the second set, which was enough for the Pole to get the job done. 

"For sure it was intense, a lot of tough games, a lot of chances. So I'm happy that I used to some of them, and I got the lead in both sets. Good finish and strong at the end," Swiatek said after beating Raducanu.

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Afterward, Swiatek admitted that she expected that Raducanu's level would drop at some point.

"I mean, she started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that," Swiatek said.

"But I knew I was kind of questioning if she's going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It wasn't about service games or return games. I was just the waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I'm going to get them."

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