LONDON | Iga Swiatek’s winning streak is now over. The Pole lost in straight sets to France’s Alizé Cornet in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday.
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Swiatek, who had won his last 37 games, lost 6-4, 6-2 to Cornet, who was in full possession. It was the longest winning streak in women’s tennis in 32 years.
“I have no words for what I’ve just achieved,” Cornet said at center. It reminds me of my win in 2014 [contre Serena Williams].
“I do believe that the head office brings me luck. I’m a big fan of Iga, who is a leading ambassador for women’s tennis. This type of match motivates me to a great extent. I believed in my abilities. »
Cornet qualified for the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in his career. She also reached this milestone at the Australian Open.
“I’m like a fine wine that ages well,” Cornet said with a smile. It’s unreal. I’m having the best season of my career. The inner fire still burns very strongly. »
Kyrgios has the last word
We expected an entertaining match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios. That’s what we got. It was Kyrgios who had the last word to reach the round of 16.
The Aussie defeated the fourth-placed Greek 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7). He put in quite a performance in a frenzied atmosphere.
Both players received warnings for their behavior during the game. Above all, Tsitsipas hit a ball in the direction of the spectators to demonstrate his frustration. Luckily nobody was hurt.
In the next round, Kyrgios meets American Brandon Nakashima, who scored an easy win over Colombia’s Daniel Elahi Galan (6-4, 6-4 and 6-1).
In other matches, Rafael Nadal made short work of Italian Lorenzo Sonego (6: 1, 6: 2 and 6: 4). He was the seventh player aged 36 or older to reach the knockout stage at Wimbledon.
In addition to Swiatek’s surprising defeat, two other favorites saw their journey come to an end. The American Coco Gauff (11) lost to her compatriot Amanda Anisimova (7: 6, 2: 6 and 1: 6).
Then Jessica Pegula (8) was surprised by Croatia’s Petra Martic, 80th racket in the world (6-2, 7-6).