The longest winning streaks of the 21st century

PARIS — Iga Swiatek is rocking. With another dominant performance on Thursday at Roland Garros, he has won 30 matches in a row. How does this compare to the longest streaks this century? Here’s a look:

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Venus Williams: 35 straight games, 2000

During Venus Williams’ remarkable 2000 season, she had 35 consecutive wins between Wimbledon and Linz, capturing two major titles and Olympic gold. In all, Williams captured five consecutive titles on the WTA Tour – Wimbledon, Stanford, San Diego, New Haven and the US Open – before winning singles and doubles gold at the Sydney Olympics.

Williams’ unbeaten streak was made even more impressive by injury problems he suffered earlier in the year. With tendonitis in both wrists, he didn’t start his season until April of that year, when he made his competitive return to clay in Hamburg. But after losing to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the Roland Garros quarterfinals, Williams would not lose a match for the next five months.

Although she never ranked higher than No. 3 during her unbeaten streak, Williams posted five wins against No. 1 Martina Hingis and No. 2 Lindsay Davenport, including three against Davenport in finals (Wimbledon, Stanford, US Open). . Davenport would eventually be the one to end the streak, defeating Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the Linz final.

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Serena Williams: 34 straight games, 2013

No recent season has been as dominant as Serena Williams’ 2013 campaign, which began with double-digit streaks interspersed with a 34-game streak in between. Williams finished the 2012 season on a 12-fight win streak and would extend it to 20 before falling to Sloane Stephens in the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals.

But after returning to No. 1 for the first time since 2010 in February, Williams immediately went on a 34-match winning streak between Miami and Wimbledon, winning five straight titles along the way. He followed up his Miami title with wins at Charleston, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros, at one point winning 33 of 34 sets.

Looking to equal her sister’s mark for the longest streak of the 21st century, Serena fell one match short at Wimbledon, losing to Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

It didn’t take long for Serena to cry again. She bounced back from Wimbledon by losing one match for the rest of the season and winning 18 straight matches to finish her season.

Williams’ 2013 season remains the benchmark of this century on the Hologic WTA Tour. At 31 and having overcome a life-threatening illness, she went 78-4 and won 11 titles, including two majors and the WTA Finals. She is the last player to have broken double digits in titles in a single season.

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Justine Henin: 32 consecutive games, 2007-2008

Before Serena posted a remarkable 95% winning percentage in 2013, it was Justine Henin’s 2007 season that rocked the 21st century. The Belgian won 94% of her matches in 2017 and embarked on multiple double-digit winning streaks. She took a 16-match streak, which included her fourth and last Roland Garros title, to grass with a view to winning her first Wimbledon. Marion Bartoli had other ideas. The Frenchwoman snapped Henin’s streak at 16 in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Henin responded by losing just three sets for the rest of the year. The World No. 1 won 25 consecutive matches to finish the season. En route to her second US Open title and seventh career Slam title of her own, Henin became the first player to defeat both Serena and Venus Williams en route to a major title. Henin went on to successfully defend her title at the WTA Finals, where she defeated Maria Sharapova in a spirited championship match.

Henin continued his winning ways as he began the 2018 season, taking the title in Sydney. But it would be Sharapova who broke the streak, avenging her WTA Finals loss in the Australian Open semifinals.

Iga Swiatek: 30 consecutive matches (ongoing), 2022

Iga Swiatek was ranked No. 7 when he started his career in five straight tournaments over the course of a continuous undefeated three-month stretch. Only once in his career had he gone on a 10-game unbeaten streak. That came in 2021, when he won Rome and retired in the Roland Garros quarterfinals.

Buoyed by a strong start to the season on hard courts, where she made her first Slam semi-final on hard courts, at the Australian Open, Swiatek began to believe in the potential of her hard court game. Coming into Doha, Swiatek had only beaten a Top 10 player on hard courts once. She beat three to win her first title of the year and second WTA 1000 title.

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Swiatek would become unstoppable from there. The 20-year-old became the fourth and youngest woman to complete the Sunshine Double, winning Indian Wells and Miami. A change of surface didn’t bother her either, as she stepped onto the indoor clay at the Porsche Arena to win Stuttgart on her tournament debut to extend her streak to 23 matches and claim a fourth straight title. After deciding to skip the Madrid Open to rest, Swiatek dominated her title defense in Rome. She did not drop a set en route to a fifth straight title and extended her streak to 28 wins.

With the pressure as the presumed favorite firmly on her shoulders in Paris, the 2020 champion looks flawless. At Roland Garros, Swiatek has lost a total of four games in two matches. If Swiatek can top the table in Paris, she will match Venus’ century best of 35 wins in a row.

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