World No 1 Iga Swiatek continued her winning run as she swept aside Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2 in Sunday’s Stuttgart final for her fourth successive title.
The 20-year-old picked up her 23rd straight victory as she added Stuttgart to title wins in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.
“Well, this is another tournament where I surprised myself,” Swiatek told reporters after the win.
“That I can do it and basically that I don’t need to be 100 percent perfectly prepared or I don’t need to feel 100 percent to still play really good tennis and play solid matches.”
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Swiatek has dropped just one set in her past 13 matches on the tour.
For a player who doubted her position as the new World No 1 after Ashleigh Barty’s retirement, Swiatek has left no question that she is the most dominant force in women’s tennis right now.
She now owns seven career titles.
Her tally of 23 straight victories sees Swiatek match Naomi Osaka’s winning streak from 2020-21 as she approaches Venus Williams’ record of 35 triumphs on the WTA tour.
Since losing her first WTA final as a 17-year-old in 2019, Swiatek has won seven finals in a row.