Wimbledon, England – From the red fields of the French Open to the green grass of Wimbledon, the victories continued at Iga Swiatek.
The Polish top seed won her opening match on Central Court on Tuesday, defeating Croatian qualifier Jana Vet 6-0, 6-3.
This victory is Sweatek’s 36th in a row and includes all seven matches she has played at the French Open this year by winning her second title at Roland Garros. It’s the longest winning streak on the Women’s Tour since 1997, when Martina Hingis had 37 wins.
“It’s my first game on grass this season, so I knew it was going to be tough,” Swiatek said on court. “I’m just thinking about how to play here and trying to implement all the things we’ve been training for.”
Coco Gauff, who lost to Swatek in this year’s French Open final, also won her opening match. The American, the 11th seed, beat Romania’s Elena Gabriella Ross 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Gauff had a green light break in the third set at 5-5 on her sixth break point in the game when Ross made a double-fault.
In her previous two matches at the All England Club, Gauff had reached the fourth round.
Even with seven-time champion Serena Williams in the draw at the All England Club, Swiatek is the woman to beat. She won five championships before heading to Paris in May, taking back-to-back titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome.
Wearing a Ukraine-colored pin on her hat, Swiatek looked as if she had stopped for her last match at the French Open. But she lost 3-1 in the second set before recovering.
“The second set, at first I lost my focus a bit and put that to good use,” Swiatek said.
Barbora Krejsikova, who won the French Open in 2021 to split two Sweatc titles there, also advanced to the second round. The Czech 13th seed beat Belgium Marina Zaniewska 7-6 (4), 6-3.
No. 4 Paula Padusa, No. 5 Maria Sakkari, No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko and No. 33 Shuai Zhang from China also applied.
Among the ranked players to lose was Olympic champion Belinda Bencic. The Swiss 14th seed lost to China’s Qiang Wang 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
The Swiss team also lost No. 18 Jill Tishman, No. 20 Amanda Anisimova of the United States and No. 27 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.
In the men’s draw, Bulgarian 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov retired from the match due to an apparent injury. Steve Johnson of the United States was leading 6-4, 2-5 when he stopped.
US No. 15 Riley Opelka, No. 19 Australian Alex de Minaur, No. 29 American Jenson Broxby and No. 31 of Argentina Sebastian Baez also won.