The longest winning streak of the 21st century

PARIS – Iga Swiatek strias. With another dominant performance Thursday at Roland Garros, she won 30 consecutive matches. How does this stack up against the longest streaks of this century? Here’s a look:

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Venus Williams: 35 consecutive matches, 2000

During the remarkable 2000 season of Venus Williams, she ran away with 35 consecutive wins between Wimbledon and Linz, capturing two major titles and Olympic gold. In all, Williams captured five consecutive titles on the WTA Tour: Wimbledon, Stanford, San Diego, New Haven and the US Open, before winning singles and doubles gold at the Sydney Olympics.

Williams ’invincible run became even more impressive due to the injury problems she endured at the beginning of the year. Breastfeeding tendinitis in both wrists, she did not start her season until April of that year, when she made her competitive return on the clay in Hamburg. But after losing to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, Williams would not lose a match for the next five months.

Although she was never ranked higher than No.3 in her undefeated streak, Williams tallied five wins against No.1 Martina Hingis and No.2 Lindsay Davenport, including three against Davenport in a final (Wimbledon, Stanford, US Open). Davenport would later be the one to end the streak, defeating Williams 6-4 3-6 6-2 in the Linz final.

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Serena Wiliams: 34 consecutive matches, 2013

No recent season has been as dominant as Serena Williams ’2013 campaign, which began with double-digit stripes sandwiching a 34-game run in the middle. Williams finished the 2012 season on a 12-match winning streak and would extend that to 20 before falling to Sloane Stephens in the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals.

But after returning to No.1 for the first time since 2010 that February, Williams immediately picked up 34 straight wins between Miami and Wimbledon, winning five consecutive titles along the way. She continued her Miami title with wins in Charleston, Madrid, Rome, and Roland Garros, at one point winning 33 of 34 sets.

Looking to match her sister’s mark for the longest run in the 21st century, Serena fell one match short at Wimbledon, losing to Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

It wasn’t long before Serena returned to her tears. She returned from Wimbledon losing one match for the rest of the season and winning 18 consecutive matches to end her season.

Williams’ 2013 season remains the benchmark of this century in the Hologic WTA Tour. At 31 years old and overcoming a life-threatening illness, she went 78-4 and won 11 titles, including two majors and the WTA Finals. She is the last player to have broken double digits in titles in a single season.

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Justine Henin: 32 consecutive matches, 2007-2008

Before Serena posted a remarkable 95% winning percentage in 2013, it was Justine Henin’s 2007 season that was the banner of the 21st century. The Belgian won 94% of her matches in 2017, embarking on multiple double-digit winning streak. She took a 16-match run, which included her fourth and final Roland Garros title, into the grass with an eye toward winning her first Wimbledon. Marion Bartoli had other ideas. The Frenchwoman broke Henin’s streak at 16 in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Henin responded by losing only three sets for the rest of the year. The World No. 1 won 25 consecutive matches to end the season. On her way to her second U.S. Open title and seventh Slam title of her career, Henin became the first player to win both Serena and Venus Williams on the road to a major title. Henin continued this by successfully defending her title at the WTA Finals, where she defeated Maria Sharapova in a brave championship match.

Henin continued his winning ways to start the 2018 season, taking the title in Sydney. But it would be Sharapova who served as the streak snapper, avenging her loss of the WTA Finals in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Iga Swiatek: 30 consecutive matches (ongoing), 2022

Iga Swiatek was ranked No.7 as she began her run through five consecutive tournaments during an undefeated – and ongoing – three-month stretch. Only once in her career did she ever go on an unbeaten streak that lasted 10 matches. That came in 2021, when she won Rome and bowed in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros.

Driven by a strong start to the season on hard pitches, where she made her first hard-court Slam semi-final, at the Australian Open, Swiatek began to believe in the potential of her game on hard pitches. Coming to Doha, Swiatek only once defeated a Top 10 player on hard pitches. She beat three to win her first title of the year and second WTA 1000 title.

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Swiatek would become unstoppable from there. The 20-year-old became the fourth and youngest woman to complete the Sunshine Double, winning Indian Wells and Miami. A change of surface did not upset her either, as she stepped on the indoor clay at the Porsche Arena to beat Stuttgart in her tournament debut to extend her streak to 23 matches and pocket a fourth consecutive title. After deciding to skip the Madrid Open to rest, Swiatek dominated her Roman title defense. She did not drop a set on the way to a fifth straight title and extended her streak to 28 wins.

With the pressure as the supposed favorite firmly on her shoulders in Paris, the 2020 champion looked flawless. At Roland Garros, Swiatek lost a total of four games in two matches. If Swiatek can take care of the table in Paris, she will match Venus ’century-long best mark of 35 consecutive victories.

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