Iga Swiatek happy with ‘truly strong tennis’ as she continues recent dominance

Iga Swiatek continued her dominant 2022 by powering her way past Alison Riske and into the French Open third round.

The 6-0, 6-2 win over the American was the world number one’s 30th straight victory and featured her 15th bagel of the season.

It has also meant she has won 60 of her last 65 sets on the WTA Tour.

Swiatek was in charge right from the start, with her winning all of the first nine games in the match.

When Riske eventually did win one, she jokingly celebrated with the crowd, such was Swiatek’s dominance.

“I’m really cheerful,” Swiatek said in her post-match interview.

“I’m simply glad that I’m playing truly strong tennis and I think this is my most memorable singles match on Court Suzanne-Lenglen so it was a delight playing here and thank you [to the fans] for cheering.

When asked about her fast starts to matches this season, Swiatek said: “[Trying to perfect that] has been something I’ve been dealing with since I began.

“Simply being engaged and needing to come down on my opponent is truly useful as it implies that I have the drive all along and can truly lead on court.

“It isn’t so much that simple before each match since you need to get psyched up and in the zone, yet I’m getting endlessly better at it.”

Iga Swiatek will face Montenegrin world number 95 Danka Kovinić next for a place in the last 16. Should she go all the way and win Roland Garros this year, she will equal Venus Williams’ all-time record of 35 straight wins.

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