Iga Swiatek has tied Naomi Osaka’s winning streak of 23 matches, after beating Aryna Sabalenka in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
The new world number one has now won four titles in a row and last lost a match on February 16th against Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai.
Swiatek has looked invincible of late and dominated Sabalenka from start to finish in Stuttgart –– needing just 84 minutes to see off the Belarusian in straight sets 6-2 6-2.
Swiatek equals Osaka’s streak
Swiatek’s outstanding winning run began in Doha, where she claimed her fourth WTA title.
Dominant performances at the Sunshine Double of Indian Wells and Miami soon followed –– ensuring she ended the hard court season on a high.
And after transitioning to her favoured surface of clay, Swiatek stormed to victory again in Stuttgart to claim her seventh career title.
Her 23 match unbeaten run ties Osaka’s streak between 2020 and 2021, which saw the Japanese star win back-to-back Grand Slams at the US Open and the Australian Open.
Swiatek is now joint ninth on the list of players with the longest win streaks since 2000.
World No.1 Iga Swiatek wins Stuttgart to capture her 4th straight title and 7th career title. The run extends her winning streak to 23 matches, tying Naomi Osaka’s streak from 2020-21.— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) April 24, 2022
The 20yo joins this list of longest win streaks since 2000: pic.twitter.com/HQl1Vcw37B
Venus Williams holds the top spot for her run of 35 straight victories in 2000. This included victories at Wimbledon, the Silicon Valley Classic, the Southern California Open, the Connecticut Open, the US Open and at the Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams features on the list three times, while Justine Henin and Victoria Azarenka make up the other spots.
After beating Sabalenka, Swiatek addressed joining such esteemed company and said it felt “pretty surreal.”
She said: “For sure right now I need to work harder to keep this streak, but I’m just going to take it match by match, and I’m super proud of myself and really satisfied. These are the kind of players who were role models when I was growing up.”
Swiatek continues to dominate in finals
Having lost her first-ever WTA final to Polona Hercog back in 2019, Swiatek has been utterly ruthless in finals ever since.
Indeed, the Polish star has won seven finals in a row since then, without dropping a set.
Swiatek is now the first player to register 30 match wins this season and has a record of 30-3 now in 2022.
With the French Open looming, the 20-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to win her second Roland-Garros title.