World no. 2 Iga Swiatek extended her career-best winning streak to 13 matches on Sunday night, defeating Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-3 to reach the Miami Open’s Round of 16 for the first time. The win sets up a highly anticipated Round of 16 match with American sensation Coco Gauff on Monday.
Swiatek continued her strong form that saw her sweep the first two WTA 1000s of the season in her first match since confirming her rise to No. 1 after Miami. Swiatek is attempting to become the fourth woman to win the “Sunshine Double,” following her victory in Indian Wells last week. Swiatek would join Stefanie Graf (1994, 1996), Kim Clijsters (2005), and Victoria Azarenka on the list of women who have won Indian Wells and Miami in the same season (2016).
“I feel like I’m in a good place with my tennis and I’m focusing on that,” Swiatek said. “I know the ranking can be pressure, but on the other hand when I was climbing up and I entered Top 10 and Top 5 I felt the same feeling, and right now I don’t want to repeat that. So I just focus on my game.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen after the tournament and the adrenaline will go down and I have more time to stress about that a little bit more, but for now I feel great. It’s not like it’s bothering me, it’s more motivating me. So it’s great.”
Swiatek sped through the first set in just over 25 minutes. After winning the previous round’s final seven games against Viktorija Golubic, the 20-year-old Pole extended her winning streak to 14 games before Brengle finally broke the run in the second set’s second game.
Swiatek had 12 winners in the first set to Brengle’s one, and finished the match with 25 to Brengle’s four. Swiatek was broken once during the match, but she came back strong, generating a total of ten break points and breaking in five of her seven return games.