Iga Swiatek won’t be hard on herself as winning streak ends at Wimbledon

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Iga Swiatek suffered a first defeat in 38 matches in the third round at Wimbledon to Alize Cornet (Steven Paston/PA) (PA Wire)
Iga Swiatek suffered a first defeat in 38 matches in the third round at Wimbledon to Alize Cornet (Steven Paston/PA) (PA Wire)

World number one Iga Swiatek insisted she would not be hard on herself after her remarkable 37-match winning streak came to an end at Wimbledon.

French Open winner Swiatek had not tasted defeat since February when she went down to Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai but had no answer to Alize Cornet who claimed a 6-4 6-2 win on Court One.

Polish star Swiatek struggled throughout the third-round tie and served up 32 unforced errors to bow out of the All England Club on day six.

“I hope this is going to be the thing that I’m going to be proud of. I mean, right now even I am satisfied with this streak, so I’m happy that I was able to do that,” she reflected.

“Honestly, yeah usually I am hard on myself. Here, I know how I felt before matches, I know how I felt when I was practising. Let’s just say that I didn’t feel like I’m in a best shape, so I’m kind of aware that this could happen.

“Maybe it’s not the right attitude to have, but it is like it is.

“I tried many things to feel better on court, on grass court, but it didn’t really work out. That’s why I’m not even hard on myself because, like, it’s kind of logic that if I couldn’t find it even on practices, I’m not going to find it on a match.”

Cornet reflected on a second memorable result on Court One after she stunned Serena Williams in 2014.

The veteran equalled her best run in SW19 with success in one hour and 32 minutes.

“I have no words. It reminds me of the time I beat Serena on this court eight years ago so you guys are lucky for me,” world number 37 Cornet said.

“I am like the good wine in France. Good wine always ages well.”

Roland Garros runner-up Coco Gauff was also knocked out on Saturday, with the 11th seed failing to make the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

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The teenager lost out to compatriot Amanda Anisimova in an all-American clash on Centre Court.

Gauff won a close opening set in a repeat of the 2017 US Open junior final but 20th seed Anisimova came roaring back and blew away her fellow youngster 6-7 (4) 6-2 6-1.

“It is the most special day of my career,” Anisimova said.

“It’s kind of funny because we played a US Open junior final. We’ve had a couple matches. I think that we’ll be playing a lot in the future. It’s an exciting rivalry. I will always enjoy playing against her.

“I think she’s an amazing athlete and I enjoy watching her personally. I respect her a lot.”

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(PA Wire)

Anisimova will face Harmony Tan for a place in the quarter-finals after Serena Williams’ conqueror ended Katie Boulter’s fine run at the All England Club.

The last-32 tie took place at 11am on Court Two, which the Frenchwomen admitted did play to her advantage in a 6-1 6-1 triumph in 51 minutes.

Breakout star Tan added: “When you play a Brit on Centre Court, I think there is a lot of people for her. I like to play on a small court. I like to play first match also, you know, because I don’t wait all day.”

Simon Halep, a champion here in 2019, was another player in a hurry and she beat Magdalena Frech 6-4 6-1 in 67 minutes.

It put the Romanian through to the fourth round where she will take on Paula Badosa, who fought hard to beat two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.

Fourth seed Badosa won 7-5 7-6 (4) in just over two hours on Centre Court.

“I think I played almost a perfect match,” Spanish star Badosa said.

“I have a very tough draw. It’s like I’m playing grand slam champions every match. But still, I like these kind of matches.”

Eighth seed Jessica Pegula was another player upset on Saturday after world number 80 Petra Martic won 6-2 7-6 (5) in an error-strewn last-32 match.

Barbora Krejcikova, seeded 13th, also exited after she went down 2-6 6-4 6-3 to Ajla Tomljanovic but Elena Rybakina saw off Zheng Qinwen 7-6 (4) 7-5.

Tomljanovic’s reward is a meeting with Cornet while Rybakina will do battle with Martic for a place in the quarter-finals.

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