Alize Cornet ends Iga Swiatek’s 37-game winning streak | Sports


France’s Alize Cornet ended No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek’s 37-game winning streak with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the third round on Saturday at Wimbledon.

It was the first loss since February for Swiatek. 1 from Poland committed 33 unforced errors and saved only one of six break points against unranked Cornet.

Swiatek’s streak was the longest on the WTA Tour in 25 years, equaling Martina Hingis’ run in 1997. Steffi Graf won 66 consecutive matches from 1989 to 1990.

Cornet, playing her record 62nd consecutive Grand Slam since 2007, advanced to the knockout stages at the All England Club for the first time since 2014. She toppled world No. 1 Serena Williams, 1-6, 6-3 , 6-4 in the third round that year.

“I have no words at the moment,” Cornet said. “It reminds me of the time I beat Serena on the same pitch. I think the pitch (No. 1) is a lucky charm for me.

“I think that kind of game is what I live for. I knew I could do it. Somehow I had that belief. I thought if there’s a time I can beat her is now.”

Cornet, 32, finished with just seven unforced errors and 16 game-winning points in the 93-minute game. Her next opponent will be Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, who won 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday against No. 13 Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic.

Also, fourth seed Paula Badosa of Spain picked up a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over 25th seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

However, eighth-seeded Jessica Pegula was not so lucky. Croatia’s Petra Martic ended the American run at Wimbledon, thanks to a 6-2, 7-6(5) decision.

20th-seeded Amanda Anisimova overcame a first-set loss to claim a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 win over 11th-seeded Coco Gauff.

“It’s the first time I’ve played on center court. It’s the most special day, I think, of my career,” Anisimova said during her on-court interview. “It’s just a huge privilege to play on this court… to play Coco. She’s an amazing player and she’s just made it to a Grand Slam final. Before the game, I was just trying to prepare for my ‘soak up this moment whether I win or lose. Winning today is so special.’

Anisimova will face unseeded Harmony Tan of France, who picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Katie Boulter of Great Britain.

Romania’s Simona Halep, No. 16, earned a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Magdalena Frech of Poland, while 17th seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan had a tougher time before posting a 7- 6 (4), 7-5 win over Qinwen Zheng of China.


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