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Wimbledon: Iga Swiatek’s record of consecutive victories ends at 37

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WIMBLEDON, UK – Favorite Iga Swiatek had been unbeaten since February and looked invincible, having scored 37 straight wins and six titles along the way.

However, she never felt very comfortable on grass, unlike other playing surfaces, and her numerous mistakes on Saturday led her to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat in the third round of Wimbledon against French Alizé Cornet.

“I played very badly. I was confused in my strategy, said Swiatek, who never made it through the fourth round of his career at the All England Club. Obviously it wasn’t my best performance. “

Not only was the identity of the match winner unexpected. It was also how quickly Cornet got rid of the reigning French Open champion: just one hour and 33 minutes.

“This is what motivates me, what keeps me going,” said Cornet, 37th player in the world. It really motivates me. I knew I had the ability to do it. I believed, in a way, in my abilities. “

No player, since Switzerland’s Martina Hingis 37 consecutive triumphs in 1997, had won as many consecutive games as Swiatek.

But from the beginning we saw that it was not the day of the Poles.

“I didn’t know what to do,” he admitted.

She was 0-3 trailing early on a cool, windy afternoon at the All England Club, and nine of Cornet’s first 14 points came from unforced errors from the tournament favorite. Of all these points, the Frenchwoman collected only one thanks to a winning shot.

Swiatek’s behavior contrasted with his usual display; she is often incisive and very calm. After jumping a forehand, she hit the toe of her right foot with her racket.

By the end of the match, Swiatek had amassed 33 unforced errors, 26 more than Cornet. And the Pole’s powerful forehand generated just nine winners, just two more than Cornet.

This is not Cornet’s first coup at the All England Club. He reached the fourth round of this Grand Slam tournament in 2014 after ousting American Serena Williams.

Cornet, 32, reached the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the first time in 63 attempts last January at the Australian Open. She only needs one win to repeat the feat, provided she defeats Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic in the next round.

“They are like good wine,” he said. I am aging well. “

The tan continues

Whether his opponents are tournament favorites or those of the crowd, Harmony Tan continues to drive them out of Wimbledon.

First there was Serena Williams, holder of seven career titles on the All England Club lawn. Then, the 32nd seeded, Sara Sorribes Tormo. and on Saturday, British Katie Boulter became her latest victim.

“I think I like weed,” said Tan, who scored three straight wins for the first time in his career. I love spinning balls, shooting on the fly, all those things. “

The Frenchwoman, who is not seeded, is taking part in the Wimbledon tournament for the first time in her career. She has taken part in the French Open four times, where she has only reached the second round once. She also participated in the Australian Open this year, where she moved on to the second round again. Then, at the US Open, she lost in the first round in 2018, her only career appearance at Flushing Meadows.

On Saturday, Tan beat Boulter 6-1, 6-1 on the No. 2. She didn’t face a break point and converted five of the 10 she had.

Tan will then face the American Amanda Anisimova, who for the first time in her career will also participate in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Anisimova beat compatriot Coco Gauff 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1 in the center of the field after starting the game by giving up the first three points. She then conceded the tiebreaker, despite her leading 4-1 at one point.

Anisimova gets the better of Gauff

Tomljanovic moved on to round four after shocking 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Among men, 11th seeded Taylor Fritz beat Alex Molcan 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3), while Brandon Nakashima defeated Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 .

For his part, Jenson Brooksby succumbed to Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and Jack Sock lost 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 against Jason Kubler.

The 19th seed, Alex De Minaur, and the 21st, Botic van de Zandschulp, were more successful and will be in the fourth round.

Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon title holder Petra Kvitova lost 7-5, 7-6 (4) to fourth-seeded Spanish Paola Badosa.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal, another double champion of the All England Club, has an appointment this afternoon with Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

Finally, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and her Australian partner John Peers will cross swords in the second round of the mixed doubles tournament with Dutchman Demi Schuurs and Uruguayan Ariel Behar, on court no. 15.

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