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Iga Swiatek might have missed the Madrid Masters. But boy did she make up for lost time at the Rome Masters last week! Swiatek won the tournament without dropping a single set, just like Djokovic managed to do in the men’s tournament. By posting another tournament win, she has extended her win streak to an incredible 28 matches. In doing so, she surpassed the most recent record set by Serena Williams of 27 wins in a row back in the 14/15 season.
And when she won the final, I must admit, the outpouring of emotion from Swiatken was somewhat unexpected. She stated after the match that she felt a huge weight on her shoulders in terms of expectation. This was true from many different angles apparently. So really, the fact that she held it together and won the tournament without dropping a set makes it even more impressive.
Below, I’d like to take some time to run through this incredible win streak. But also, I’d like to discuss her chances at the French Open following the Rome win.
The Story of the Swiatek Streak and Her Roland Garros Chances
Believe it or not, the last time that Iga Swiatek lost a match on tour was in February 2022. This means that she has quite literally done four months unbeaten. Needless to say, to do such a thing is extremely difficult. And now, I will run through the details of her sensational streak while looking at her French Open prospects too.
Her Winning Streak in Detail
Swiatek’s incredible run started back in February, in Doha, to be precise. She managed to beat Golubev in three sets in her opener. And from there, she won the rest of her matches without losing a set. Swiatek then played Indian Wells – the first hard-court Masters of the year. She did lose a set in each of her first three matches. But ultimately, she pulled through and destroyed some top-level players from the quarter-final stage.
This alone was fantastic, but she then went and won the Miami Masters without losing a single set. It was this tournament where she started to show how much better she was playing than other top players. And since then, she has won both Stuttgart and the Rome Masters, two clay-court titles ahead of the French. It’s hard to see who has the ability to take her down in such form too.
French Open Chances
Speaking of her fantastic form, this brings me to the second point here. As you may already know, Swiatek has previously won the French Open. In fact, this is still the only slam that Swiatek has won. And she managed to do this just a couple of years ago in 2020. With that said, thanks to her current form and this record-breaking win streak, I feel that her chances of winning the French Open are very good.
I struggle to see who can beat her on the clay at the moment. However, it all depends on her internal belief and how well she can hold her nerves in Paris!