Swiatek takes Italian Open and notches up 28 wins in a row

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Top-seeded Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek beat Tunisia's Ons Jabeur (seeded ninth) 6:2, 6:2 in the final of the WTA 1000 clay court championship in Rome on Sunday.

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By winning the tournament, Swiatek defended the title she won last year and also won her fifth successive tournament. She has been unbeaten in her last 28 matches.

Top-seeded Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek beat Tunisia's Ons Jabeur (seeded ninth) 6:2, 6:2 in the final of the WTA 1000 clay court championship in Rome on Sunday.  FABIO FRUSTACI/PAP/EPA

Prior to beating Jabeur, Swiatek had defeated Belarus's Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-final and Canadian Bianca Andreescu in the quarter final.

The final was the fourth time in her career Swiatek had faced Jabeur having beaten her in Washington in 2019 but losing to her last year at Wimbledon and in Cincinnati.

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This year, Swiatek has won tournaments in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Stuttgart, last year having won in Rome and Adelaide. Her greatest achievement to date is a Grand Slam win at the French Open in 2020.

Her run of 28 undefeated matches is the fourth longest in women's tennis since the year 2000 and has been bettered only by Venus Williams (USA, 35 matches undefeated), her sister Serena Williams (34) and Belgium's Justine Henin (32).