Swiatek set for her 72nd consecutive week at No. 1.
Iga Swiatek ensured stay at the world No 1 spot for at least another week by beating Karolina Muchova in the Montreal round-of-16. On Thursday – in a rematch of this year’s French Open final – Swiatek beat Muchova 6-1 4-6 6-4.
By securing a Montreal quarterfinal spot, Swiatek ensured to stay at the world No 1 spot beyond Montreal. The following day, Sabalenka suffered a Montreal round-of-16 loss to Liudmila Samsonova. But even if Sabalenka won Montreal after Swiatek’s win over Muchova, it wouldn’t have made any difference since the Pole would have still kept her top spot.
Swiatek, who became No 1 on April 4th, 2022, is now set to enter her 72nd consecutive week at the top spot.
Swiatek beat Muchova, guaranteed to stay at No 1
After beating Muchova, Swiatek admitted it was “a pretty extraordinary day.” The match was twice suspended due to rain and the match finished nine hours after it started.
“You have to find energy even though we’ve been here since 9 am. For sure, it was a pretty extraordinary day, and I don’t think I’ve had such a situation in my career so there is the opportunity to learn something new and see what I’m capable — even though we played this match like three times,” Swiatek said after beating Muchova.
After easily winning the first set, Swiatek failed to keep up the same level in the second set and Muchova managed to force a decider. At the start of the third set, Swiatek broke Muchova in the first game and then held on to her service for the remainder of the match to complete a three-set win.”For sure I hit ups and downs, and I felt that.
I did some mistakes in the second set that are kind of — you can’t do that if you want to win matches at that stage. So for sure Karolina is the kind of player who is using these chances and situations, and she also put pressure in these moments, but I wanted to kind of reset and go into the third set with new energy and move a little bit better,” Swiatek said.