Current world no. 1 Iga Swiatek is on a hot streak of unbelievable proportions at the moment. Her latest victory came in the final of the 2022 WTA Italian Open when she beat Tunisian tennis player and reigning Madrid Open champion Ons Jabeur to claim her fifth straight title this season so far. The 20-year-old Pole is on a 28-match winning streak and during this time, she has achieved several feats and records. Perhaps the most impressive of those feats is the fact that it was the Pole’s fifth straight title win this season, which has only just begun.
Ahead of the French Open, Swiatek has firmly cemented her place at the top of the WTA rankings, over 2000 points ahead of world no. 2 Barbora Krejcikova. Swiatek is the run-away favorite to win the French Open this year and she might just have one of the most trophy-laden seasons in tennis history in 2022. Here are some of the statistical feats the Pole has achieved during her winning run.
Winning five straight competitions is generally considered a good season for a tennis player if they win five or titles. Swiatek has won five tournaments already and we have not even reached the French Open yet! What is even more impressive is the fact that she has won every single one of the five competitions that she has been a part of so far this season. These include the Qatar Open in February, Indian Wells in March, Miami Open and Stuttgart Open in April, and the recently concluded Italian Open. It might have been six had she participated in the Madrid Open but was not cleared to do so. Ahead of the French Open, Swiatek will be looking to add a sixth to her 2022 trophy cabinet and be a two-time Roland Garros winner.
Something Swiatek has also managed to do is cement her place at the top of the mountain ahead of Roland Garros. With her fantastic victory against Ons Jabeur in the final of the Italian Open, the Pole now has a lead of 2,150 points over world no. 2 Barbora Krejcikova. With her performances so far this season, Swiatek is not only likely to stay at the top for the entirety of the year, but she is also more than likely to stretch that lead. The 20-year-old is easily the best player in the world at the moment and she is on her way to becoming one of the iconic greats the sport has ever seen.
Since the start of the season, Swiatek has played a total of 43 sets since the BNP Paribas Open, of which she has lost just the one. Take a moment and think about that. 43 sets, 42 wins. That’s a win percentage of incredible proportions. The only time she has lost a set since the round of 16 of the Indian Wells was in the semi-final of the Stuttgart Open against Liudmila Samsonova. Indeed, her career if off and running in the grandest way possible and she looks all set to achieve great heights. The Pole is only seven wins shy of levelling the longest winning streak in the century of 35 achieved by Venus Williams in the year 2000.