Iga Swiatek wins 36th match in a row in first round at Wimbledon; Coco Gauff rallies to advance

WIMBLEDON, England — From the red clay of the French Open to the green grass of Wimbledon, victories have come for Iga Swiatek.

The top seeded Pole won her opening match on Center Court on Tuesday, beating Croatian qualifier Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3.

The win was Swiatek’s 36th in a row and includes all seven games she played at this year’s French Open to win her second Roland Garros title. It is the longest winning streak on the women’s tour since 1997, when Martina Hingis won 37 times.

“It’s my first game on grass this season, so I knew it was going to be difficult,” Swiatek said on the pitch. “I’m just figuring out how to play here and trying to implement all the stuff that we’ve been practicing on.”

American Coco Gauff, seeded 11th, advanced to the second round by prevailing 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 after a loss to Elena-Gabriela Ruse of Romania.

Gauff got the green break in the decider at 5-5 on her sixth break point of the game when Ruse hit a double fault. Gauff collected 25 break points but converted only four. Ruse was more efficient at break points, converting four out of six.

The 18-year-old Gauff, runner-up at the French Open, reached the fourth round in her two previous Wimbledon appearances.

Even with seven-time winner Serena Williams in the All England Club draw, Swiatek is the woman to beat. She won five tournaments before heading to Paris in May, winning consecutive titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome.

Swiatek, who again wears a pin with the colors of Ukraine on her hat, started as she left off in her last match at the French Open. But she went down 3-1 in the second set before recovering.

“In the second set I lost my concentration a bit at the beginning and she used that pretty well,” said Swiatek.

Barbora Krejcikova, who won the French Open in 2021 to share Swiatek’s two titles there, also advanced to the second round. The 13th seeded Czech defeated Belgium’s Maryna Zanevska 7-6(4), 6-3.

No. 4 Paula Badosa, No. 5 Maria Sakkari, No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko and No. 33 Shuai Zhang of China also advanced.

Among the seeded losers was Olympic champion Belinda Bencic. The 14th seeded Swiss lost to Qiang Wang from China 6:4, 5:7, 6:2.

Also, No. 18 Jil Teichmann of Switzerland, No. 20 Amanda Anisimova of the United States and No. 27 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan also lost.

In the men’s draw, Grigor Dimitrov, No. 18 of Bulgaria, retired from his game with an apparent injury. He was leading Steve Johnson of the United States 6-4, 2-5 when he quit.

No. 15 Reilly Opelka of the United States, No. 19 Alex De Minaur of Australia, No. 29 Jenson Brooksby of the United States and No. 31 Sebastian Baez of Argentina also won.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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