Iga Swiatek makes one thing clear amid huge winning streak at Wimbledon

Swiatek is currently on a 21-match winning streak and she plays Yulia Putintseva in the Wimbledon third round.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Iga Swiatek makes one thing clear amid huge winning streak at Wimbledon
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Iga Swiatek acknowledges there is always a bit of extra pressure when you enter a big tournament on a notable winning streak but adds that she has nothing to prove because her streak started on clay, which is a completely different surface compared to grass. 

After finishing her clay season with three consecutive titles at the French Open and WTA 1000 events in Madrid and Rome, Swiatek also won her opening two Wimbledon matches to improve to 21 wins in a row. At the start of the week, Swiatek overcame a tricky opener when she beat 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin before ousting Petra Martic 6-4 6-3 to reach the third round at The Championships. 

Since the 23-year-old Pole has been playing lights out over the last two months, many wonder if this will also be the year she makes her big Wimbledon breakthrough and wins her first grass title. 

“It’s not the first time that I’m going into this tournament with a streak. It’s not that easy having this kind of baggage on your shoulders but this year it feels different because I don’t feel like everybody is focusing on it," Swiatek noted. 

“I’m playing on a different surface, I have different challenges here and I’m focusing on them and not the statistics. I want to get better here, on grass, so that’s my main goal – I don’t feel like I need to prove anything because it’s a totally different story. I’m starting with a blank space and just going with it.”

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In her next match, Swiatek plays against world No. 35 Yulia Putintseva, against whom she has a perfect 4-0 head-to-head record. However, it should be noted that none of their past meetings came on grass. 

Do you remember Swiatek's astonishing winning streak that ended at 2022 Wimbledon?

After winning Doha in 2022 February, Swiatek also claimed titles in her next five tournaments and she entered Wimbledon that year on an outstanding 35-match winning streak. Even though Swiatek was unproven on grass at the time, many were warning that she should not be taken for granted while some also believed there was a big chance of her streak coming to an end at The Championships. 

And two years ago, the Pole started her Wimbledon run by winning her first two matches. But then, her streak ended at 37 consecutive wins after Alize Cornet upset her in two sets. 

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But after the 2022 grass season didn't go that well for Swiatek, she made the Bad Homburg semifinal last year and also reached her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Now, the top-ranked Pole has made a good start to Wimbledon, and although she has low expectations, she believes she is serving better this year and hopes something good can come out of this. 

“I think I’m serving much better than in previous years, and this is for sure helpful. I feel like I am doing progress [on grass], especially on the practice court. Now my goal is to implement it in matches and I feel like it should be easier and easier in every match, but I have really low expectations, I’m just focusing on the work, and the results will come after," Swiatek explained.

Swiatek made one thing clear at the start of Wimbledon

Just like in previous years, Swiatek again heard some people claiming that she was not even a favorite for the Wimbledon title. Addressing that before the start of her run at The All England Club, the five-time Grand Slam champion highlighted that she reached the point where she is never considered "an underdog."

"It’s hard for me to be considered as an underdog anywhere now, but I really need to focus on just the process of being a better player here and learning how to play the best kind of tennis and not really on the rankings or the expectations that come with my ranking,” Swiatek noted.

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Also, Swiatek explained why Wimbledon is a specific Slam and how improving on the go can be the key to winning the most prestigious tournament in the world.

“I feel like it's a really tricky tournament. It's not like you can build up your shape and then, I don't know, peak at Wimbledon," Swiatek explained.

“There aren't so many tournaments on grass. Players that are also sometimes underdogs can win it, I feel. The chance is bigger. I guess it comes down more to the mental side, I would say, how you're going to be able to adjust to this surface. The player that does it better is going to win.”

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