Iga Swiatek into French Open last 16 after stiff test

Iga Swiatek racked up her 31st straight win to reach the French Open last 16 but only after being tested by Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.

Published: 28th May 2022 06:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th May 2022 06:25 PM   |  A+A-

Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her third round match Danka Kovinic in two sets, 6-3, 7-5, at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.

Iga Swiatek celebrates winning her third round match Danka Kovinic in two sets, 6-3, 7-5, at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (Photo | AP)

By AFP

PARIS: World number one Iga Swiatek racked up her 31st straight win to reach the French Open last 16 on Saturday but only after being tested by Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.

Swiatek, the 2020 champion in Paris, dropped serve three times against her 95th-ranked opponent before sealing a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Kovinic recovered from 1-4 down in the second set to lead 5-4 but Swiatek steadied the ship with a hold and a break before serving out for victory.

Swiatek will face either Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen or France's Alize Cornet for a place in the quarter-finals.

Her winning streak is the best on tour since Serena Williams's run of 34 successive wins in 2013.



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