World number one Iga Swiatek made a powerful showing against Ukrainian qualifying Lesia Tsurenko with a 6-2 6-0 victory on Monday to begin her bid for her second French Open title and extend her winning streak to 29 matches.
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Swiatek, who won the 2020 Roland Garros title without dropping a set, has arrived in Paris after winning the last five tournaments, including four WTA 1000s and is the favorite to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup again.
“I just want to keep going. I realize my streak might stop one day,” Swiatek said in court. “Basically, I work every day just to focus 100% on tennis, not on stats or not on some numbers.
“Just playing tennis and focusing on my game and being kind of in a bubble. It will help me be consistent. That is what I have been doing for the past weeks and I will continue to do it here.”
On a rainy morning, the Pole, who turns 21 next week, opened play under the closed roof of Philippe Chatrier and got off to a great start in her first meeting against Tsurenko, ranked 119th in the world.
It was broken while serving the first set at 5-1 but Swiatek went ahead to break 32-year-old Tsurenko to love in the next game to hold the set in 28 minutes.
Swiatek, who continued to wear the blue and yellow ribbon on her hat in support of the Ukrainian people affected by the invasion of Russia, did not lose another match in the match and concluded the match at 54 minutes of her third match point with a forehand. The winner, her 20th out of the match.
“I’m really glad I finished early,” said Swiatek, who will face the winner in the next match between Alison Riske and Diana Yastremska “I’ve got some media and exciting stuff, and then maybe we’ll go somewhere in Paris to see something.”
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