Make that 24. World No.1 Iga Swiatek’s winning streak continued Wednesday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
Returning to action for the first time in two-and-a-half weeks, Swiatek dropped serve twice in the opening set of her first round match against Elena-Gabriela Ruse, but it didn’t matter much in the end: Breaking Ruse seven times in 12 opportunities, the top seed cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win in just 68 minutes. She also hit 15 winners, five times the Romanian’s total.
No.1 Swiatek rested and ready to start a new chapter in Rome
Seeking a her fifth consecutive title of 2022 this week, Swiatek is also bidding to win Rome in back-to-back years. Standing between her and another quarterfinal berth is former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka.
Azarenka, the No.16 seed, eased to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Colombia’s Camila Osorio earlier in the day Wednesday.
More to come…