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Iga Swiatek 'sad' she can't test herself against Ash Barty after extending record winning streak

Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 36 matches on Tuesday, but she admits there is one thing that is making her 'sad' about her tennis right now.
Iga Swiatek tribute to Ash Barty

Iga Swiatek says she is 'sad' not to have the chance to test herself against Ash Barty at Wimbledon despite claiming a new record.

Swiatek was in total control on Centre Court as she overpowered Croatian Jana Fett 6-0, 6-4 to open her Wimbledon campaign.

The win extended her winning-streak to 36, surpassing the twentieth-century record set by Venus Williams.

However, after the match she said that, as happy as she was with her tennis, she wishes she could have tested it against Barty.

Barty announced her shock retirement earlier this year after she won the Australian Open, bowing out at the age of just 25 while top of the world rankings and holding two majors.

"I am pretty sad Ash [Barty] isn't here," Swiatek said. "I would really would have loved to play her on grass."

Iga Swiatek came into Wimbledon saying she herself does not really know what to expect from it.

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She claimed grass courts presented 'challenges' for her game, but few were on display as she steamrollered her way into round two.

"I am pleased it's my first match on grass this season so I knew it was going to be tricky. I am pretty happy I came back and did it in two sets.

"It's a new experience for me and pretty exciting.

"I feel I have only played 12 weeks of my life on grass but the whole atmosphere and tradition is pumping me up and just looking forward to the next matches."

On the winning streak, Swiatek added: "I really worked on that and my team gave me huge support and all the work we have been doing has really clicked."

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