Iga Swiatek is in action.© AFP
Iga Swiatek was knocked out of Wimbledon by French veteran Elise Carnett in straight sets on Saturday, ending a 37-match winning streak for the world number one. Carnet, ranked 37th, took advantage of his Polish rival’s erroneous performance to win their third round tie 6-4, 6-2 on Court 1. The top seed was on the back foot from the start of the match, broke in its first two service games, and could not return on parity terms. The 20-year-old braked his first chance in the second set, but Carnett immediately broke the deadlock, repeating the feat twice to break Sweetek’s game.
Swiatek made a total of 33 errors in the unusually sloppy display.
She has not lost a single match since losing to Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai in February, having won her last six tournaments, including the French Open.
Cornet is competing for its 62nd consecutive Salem, which is equivalent to Ai Sugiyama’s record.
To reach the fourth round, the Frenchman competed in Wimbledon in 2014, when she defeated Serena Williams in the third round.
“It reminds me of the time I defeated Serena Williams on the same court eight years ago,” he said.
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