There is a shortlist of legends of the game of tennis.
Among these iconic athletes is an even shorter list of stars who have had remarkable winning streaks. There are even some who have multiple winning streaks that dominate the pack.
On Saturday, Iga Świątek defeated Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 to reach the Italian Open final, extending his winning streak to 27 games. The milestone leaves her tied with Serena Williams, who won the same number of consecutive matches in 2014 and 2015, which was the last hot streak on the women’s side.
“I constantly surprise myself that I can do better and better,” Świątek said. “I feel like I can actually believe now that the sky’s the limit. That’s the fun part.”
Świątek, who is at the top of his game, will face Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the final and then enter the 2022 French Open as the No. 1 seed in the major.
Here we take a look at some of the greatest tennis players in the game and the number of consecutive matches they have won:
Which tennis players have had the longest winning streaks in women’s tennis?
The top eight women with the longest winning streaks in tennis history are as follows:
- Martina Navratilova – 74 years old (1984-1986)
- Steffi Graf – 66 years old (1989-1990)
- Martina Navratilova – 58 years old (1986-1987)
- Court Margaret – 57 years old (1972-1973)
- Chris Evert – 55 (1974)
- Martina Navratilova – 54 years old (1983-1984)
- Steffi Graf – 46 (1988)
- Steffi Graf – 45 (1987)
Which tennis players have had the longest winning streaks in men’s tennis?
The top eight men with the longest winning streaks in tennis history are as follows:
- Bjorn Borg – 53 (1977-1978)
- Guillermo Vilas – 46 (1977)
- Novak Djokovic – 43 (2010-2011)
- Roger Federer- 42 (2005-2006)
- Pete Sampras-39 (1994)
- Thomas Muster – 35 (1995)
- Ilie Nastase – 33 (1972)
- Rod Laver – 32 years old (1974-1975) and Rafael Nadal – 32 years old (2008)