‘Iga Swiatek is like Mike Tyson, she just hits people in the mouth’ – French Open favourite steps out of Ash Barty’s shadow, bullies players like Rafael Nadal and can beat Serena Williams record

Ash Barty’s shock retirement earlier this year left the tennis world reeling and wondering who just might emerge from her shadow.

It didn’t take us long to find out as Iga Swiatek has bullied the rest of the WTA Tour and rightly taken her place as the world number one.

Swiatek has won 28 straight matches, going into the French Open as favourite


The 20-year-old has won her last 28 matches, the longest since Serena Williams won 34 consecutively in 2013.

Should she win the French Open, and she is such an overwhelming favourite that it would be a shock if she did not win, then that streak would extend to 35, matching Venus Williams’ streak set in 2000.

Her numbers are just frightening, capturing five successive titles – Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and most recently Rome.

It is not just the fact she has won all of these tournaments, it is the way she has been utterly dominant over the rest of the field.

In her 28-match win streak, she has dropped just five sets. This run includes 12 bagel sets (6-0) and another 10 won by a 6-1 scoreline.

Swiatek won the French Open in 2020 and is the world number one