“I think honestly, it may seem pretty weird, but having that 35th win and kind of doing something more than Serena did, it’s something special,” she said.
“Because I always wanted to have some kind of a record. In tennis it’s pretty hard after Serena’s career.
“So that really hit me, you know. Obviously winning a grand slam too, but this one was pretty special because I felt like I’ve done something that nobody has ever done, and maybe it’s gonna be even more.”
Iga Swiatek, pictured here kissing the trophy after winning her second French Open title. Iga Swiatek kisses the trophy after winning her second French Open title.
Swiatek is just the eighth woman in the Open era to win at least 35 matches in a row, joining Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, and Venus Williams.
Navratilova holds the all-time women’s record with 74 consecutive victories, followed by Graf (66), Court (57), Evert (55), Hingis (37) and Seles (36).
Since starting her winning streak in February, Swiatek has won six tournaments in succession and taken her overall record in 2022 to 42-3.
She is 9-0 in her last nine finals.
The Pole has emerged as the overwhelming force in women’s tennis, and it’s hard to see anyone getting to her level anytime soon.
Serena has won 23 grand slams but hasn’t played in nearly 12 months, while three-time grand slam champion Ash Barty announced her shock retirement in April at age 25.