Swiatek’s streak continues in Rome, Azarenka up next

Make that 24. World No.1 Iga Swiatek’s winning streak continued Wednesday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Returning to action for the first time in two-and-a-half weeks, Swiatek dropped serve twice in the opening set of her first round match against Elena-Gabriela Ruse, but it didn’t matter much in the end: Breaking Ruse seven times in 12 opportunities, the top seed cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win in just 68 minutes. She also hit 15 winners, five times the Romanian’s total.

No.1 Swiatek rested and ready to start a new chapter in Rome

Seeking a her fifth consecutive title of 2022 this week, Swiatek is also bidding to win Rome in back-to-back years. Standing between her and another quarterfinal berth is former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka.

Azarenka, the No.16 seed, eased to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Colombia’s Camila Osorio earlier in the day Wednesday. Swiatek and Azarenka have split two previous meetings on hard courts, with Swiatek winning their quarterfinal match in Adelaide in January in three sets.

Rome: Swiatek eases past Ruse for 24th straight match-win

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Resurgent Andreescu wins again

Back-to-back: After reaching Round 3 in Madrid last week, Bianca Andreescu has matched the feat in Rome. The former US Open champion toughed out a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz in which she was a break down in both sets.

When it comes to injury woes, Andreescu feels Raducanu’s pain

Trailing 2-1 in the opener, Andreescu won five of the next six games, and she later came from 3-0 down in the second set. She twice served to stay in the set, and eventually won the last three points of the tiebreak after Parrizas Diaz tied the score from 4-1 down.


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