No.1 Iga Swiatek overcomes mistakes to win 31st game in a row

PARIS — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek won her 31st straight match and advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the fourth time in four appearances with a sometimes shaky 6-3, 7-5 victory over Danka Kovinic on Saturday.

Swiatek, the 2020 Roland-Garros champion, has collected 48 of the last 49 sets she has played. Her winning streak is the longest in women’s tennis since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013.

The victory improved Swiatek’s career record at the Grand Slam tournament on clay to 17-2, a winning percentage of .895.

This one was not quite smooth for Swiatek against Kovinic, 95th.

Swiatek’s forehand was particularly problematic: it was responsible for 17 of his 23 unforced errors.

The 20-year-old Pole lost four straight games to trail 5-4 in the second set before recovering and winning the final three to wrap up the victory in 90 minutes.

Kovinic was playing in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time. The other was at the Australian Open in January, when she lost to eventual champion Ash Barty.

Barty retired in March and was replaced at No. 1 in the WTA rankings by Swiatek.

Irina-Camelia Begu has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in six years, arriving there at Roland Garros one game after being fined $10,000 for throwing her racket and the touching a child in the stands.

The 63rd-ranked Romanian player qualified by beating Leolia Jeanjean, the 227th-ranked French player 6-1, 6-4.

Begu is 31 years old and participating in his 41st major tournament. His best performances were previously fourth-round runs at the 2015 Australian Open and 2016 French Open.

Jeanjean was competing in her first tour-level event and defeated two-time Major and former No. 1 finalist Karolina Pliskova in the second round.

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