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Roland-Garros: Unstoppable Swiatek extends winning streak to 30

Iga Swiatek scored another comfortable win on Thursday, beating Alison Riske 6-0, 6-2 to set up a third-round clash with Danka Kovinic at the French Open

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World No 1 Iga Swiatek extended her unbeaten streak to 30 matches with a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win over American Alison Riske to reach the third round of Roland-Garros in Paris on Thursday.

Swiatek has not lost a match since mid-February and is gunning for her sixth consecutive title on the tour.

Through her first two rounds in Paris, the 20-year-old has dropped only four games, winning two sets by a 6-0 score line. The Pole has now won 15 sets by a 6-0 margin in 2022, which is 10 short of the most 6-0 sets won by any player this century.

With the win, the Pole also becomes the first player to win 13 consecutive matches as the world’s top-ranked player on the WTA Tour since Serena Williams did the same in 2015.

The win was also Swiatek’s 16th in 18 career matches at Roland-Garros, improving her winning percentage to 88-9%, which is only bettered by Margaret Court (95%), Chris Evert (92%) and Steffi Graf (90%).

Swiatek, who turns 21 in the middle of the tournament on May 31, is through to face Montenegrin Danka Kovinic in the round of 32. Kovinic defeated Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 7-5 to book her spot in the third round for the first time in Paris.

Kovinic had reached the round of 32 at a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open in January and has followed it up with another third-round showing here in Paris.

Paris (Grand Slam): Thursday’s women’s second-round results (Stade Roland-Garros, clay, EUR 43.600.000)

  • Tamara Zidansek beat Mayar Sherif: walkover
  • Camila Giorgi (28) beat Yulia Putintseva: 6-3, 7-5
  • Madison Keys (22) beat Caroline Garcia: 6-4, 7-6 [3]
  • Elena Rybakina (16) beat Katie Volynets (WC): 6-4, 6-0
  • Danka Kovinic beat Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova: 6-3, 7-5
  • Daria Kasatkina (20) beat Fernanda Contreras Gomez (Q): 6-0, 6-3
  • Veronika Kudermetova (29) beat Aleksandra Krunic (Q): 6-3, 6-3
  • Paula Badosa (3) beat Kaja Juvan: 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
  • Leolia Jeanjean (WC) beat Karolina Pliskova (8): 6-2, 6-2
  • Irina-Camelia Begu beat Ekaterina Alexandrova (30): 6-7 [3], 6-3, 6-4
  • Jessica Pegula (11) beat Anhelina Kalinina: 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
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