Iga Swiatek has continued her impressive winning streak by claiming her fifth consecutive title in Rome, beating Ons Jabeur in the final.
The world number one now has an incredible 28 match winning streak and has become only the second player ever to win four or more WTA 1000 titles in a single season, after Serena Williams in 2013.
Swiatek has won every WTA 1000 she has contested this season starting with Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Rome. She currently holds five of the last nine WTA 1000 titles.
The 20-year old Polish star admitted she was nervous before the tournament and wasn't sure if she could keep the run going.
"At the beginning of the tournament, I didn't know it would be possible to keep up the streak and with all the wins," Swiatek said.
"I'm pretty happy I did it really step by step and I just focused on the right things because I think it led to all the success this week.
"Yeah, for sure it was a long path for me since the beginning, but I'm really proud of myself and my team."
Swiatek defeated Jabeur 6-2, 6-2 but had to overcome a strong challenge from the world number seven in the second set which she said made it a very physical struggle.
"Coming back from this Love-40 game in the second set was emotionally also tough," Swiatek said.
"It was hard for me to switch the modes to be more focused and play the same kind of tennis I played before.
"I felt relief for sure because the second set, it got to a really physical game. At the end, I was just pretty tired. I'm just really happy that I could cope with all the pressure and expectations so well."
Swiatek said afterwards that her current winning streak feels 'surreal' but that she is just concentrating on improving her 'solid' game ahead of Roland Garros, where she claimed her only Grand Slam title so far.
"It's pretty hard to describe it 'cause all these tournaments that I've won seem pretty surreal right now," Swiatek said.
"I feel like just continuing the same things that I did before really was the key to that. It's pretty weird because you may think every tournament, that it takes something more.
"But I'm pretty happy with my solid game. I was able to just play good and also improve during the tournament."
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