Williams sisters are the greatest of all time, I don’t consider myself a legend: Iga Swiatek after 36th win in a row

Iga Swiatek, who has won 6 titles in a row, moved past Venus Williams’s run of 35 wins recorded in 2000. Swiatek had previously overtaken Serena Williams, who had 34 wins in a row in 2013.

World number one Iga Swiatek reacts during her first round match at Wimbledon

World number one Iga Swiatek reacts during her first round match at Wimbledon. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Iga Swiatek extended her match-winning streak to 36
  • Swiatek defeated Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3 in 1st round at Wimbledon
  • Maria Sakkari, Coco Gauff and Simona Halep won 1st round matches

World number one Iga Swiatek registered her record 36th win in a row after defeating Croatian Jana Fett in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 in the first round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

By stretching her winning streak, Poland’s Swiatek went past the Williams sisters – Serena and Venus. However, the 21-year-old doesn’t believe her success matches the league of the American sisters.

Swiatek, who has won 6 titles in a row, including Roland Garros, moved past the seven-time champion Venus’s run of 35 wins recorded in 2000. The Pole had previously overtaken Serena, who had 34 wins in a row in 2013.

“Still when I see Serena or see Venus, they seem like… the legends,” Swiatek was quoted as saying. “I don’t consider myself a legend. They seem like the ones, they’re the greatest of all time in tennis.

“It just shows how much work we’ve been putting (in) for every match. I’m pretty happy that I could show consistency because it was always my goal. I didn’t know it’s going to be possible for me to show that much consistency, and actually to win tournaments. But I’m just really happy and I’m trying to use it the best way possible.”

Swiatek travels with a psychologist in her team and said that it helps her in dealing with expectations.

“This is a Grand Slam. We have to kind of perform better because the expectations around are bigger. I’m trying to avoid thinking about that and just accept it that it’s there. But make my routines the same way so I feel the same way.”

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