PURPLE PATCH: The impenetrable brick wall meets Wimbledon and is the hot favourite going into the upcoming fortnight at SW19.
Iga Swiatek has been dominating women’s tennis in 2022 and rounded off the first half of the year with a comfortable win in straight sets at the French Open. Winning Roland Garros also coincided with her 35th winning match in a row.
In Paris, Swiatek breezed to victory in what is usually a close affair, dispatching her American opponent, the world number 12 Coco Gauff, with such ease that the match was over in just 68 minutes.
Her 35th win has matched the record for the longest winning streak of any female in the 21st century and the record that was set by the legendary Serena Williams at the beginning of the millennium, and this record currently looks very vulnerable heading into Wimbledon.
Beginning 2022 with a semi-final at Adelaide and then another one in the Australian Open, Swiatek went on to lose only one game out of her next 36, winning six consecutive tournaments and bagging £6,396,819 prize money in the process.
The Polish champion goes into Wimbledon 2022 ranked the best female tennis player in the world and with double the ranking points of the world number two, as well as having the longest winning streak the WTA tour has seen in over 20 years.
It’s fair to say that adding Wimbledon honours to her impressive honours list could ensure Swiatek is set to be one of tennis’ top performers for years to come.
It’s a seriously impressive record for a player so fresh to the scene and when better to have a real Purple Patch than heading into the Wimbledon Championships? It will surely be strawberries and cream on Swiatek come the end of the tournament if she can carry this form on.