Swiatek equals Serena with 27-match win streak

Tennis

ROME — Not since Serena Williams seven years in the past has one other girl had such a scorching streak in tennis.

Prime-ranked Iga Swiatek routed Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to increase her profitable streak to 27 matches and attain the Italian Open last.

Williams gained the identical variety of consecutive matches over 2014 and 2015.

Aiming to defend her Rome title and win her fifth straight event, Swiatek dominated the eighth-ranked Sabalenka with a mixture of energy, consistency and finesse.

Whereas she struggled along with her serve at occasions, Swiatek, 20, was in a position to constantly crush each forehand and backhand winners on the sluggish, red-clay courtroom on the Foro Italico. She additionally hit a fragile backhand half-volley winner within the last recreation of the primary set.

Swiatek had the identical variety of winners and unforced errors, 15, whereas Sabalenka produced simply eight winners and had 31 unforced errors.

The hard-hitting Sabalenka took a medical timeout late within the second set and had her again handled.

Swiatek, who was a shock champion on the French Open in 2020 when she was ranked No. 54, would be the favourite so as to add a second title at Roland Garros when the 12 months’s second Grand Slam begins subsequent weekend.

First, although, Swiatek will face both Ons Jabeur — who’s on a 10-match profitable streak — or Daria Kasatkina of Russia in Sunday’s last.

The lads’s semifinals Saturday featured Novak Djokovic towards Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev towards Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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