Iga Swiatek's projected path to the Wimbledon 2022 final
Women's world number one Iga Swiatek is going into Wimbledon on a high
She has a 35-game win streak and recently won the French Open
Here's her projected path to the Wimbledon final
Although Swiatek has not participated in any tune-up events heading into Wimbledon, the 21-year-old is currently on an unbelievable 35-match winning streak, something that she will try and keep going in England.
However, heading to the Wimbledon final will be no easy feat, even for the impeccable Pole.
Here's a possible path to the final for Swiatek.
Swiatek faces world number 258, Croatia's Jana Fett, who beat 18th seed Paula Ormaechea, Mariam Bolkvadze, and Katarina Zavatska in the qualifiers to reach the first round.
Swiatek is expected to beat Fett to progress to the second round, where she is likely to face either British wildcard Sonay Kartal or world number 88 Danka Kovinic. While neither boast incredible records like Swiatek, the contest is expected to be a thrilling one nonetheless.
Swiatek is expected to face 27th seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the third round. Although a two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, Putintseva has only one win on grass this season, something that Swiatek will look to capitalise on in her push for a third Grand Slam title.
The impeccable Pole is expected to face Barbora Krejcikova in the fourth round of Wimbledon, marking her first encounter with a Grand Slam winner in the tournament. Although Krejcikova won the 2021 French Open, the Czech tennis star, plagued by a long-standing elbow injury, has had a poor 2022 thus far and is not expected to pose any serious threat to the high-flying Swiatek.
Swiatek is expected to lock horns again with world number nine Jessica Pegula, months after they clashed in the same stage in the 2022 French Open. Although Pegula has not been seen in action since exiting the French Open, the confident American is expected to put up a fight as she looks for revenge in Wimbledon.
Among Swiatek's possible semi-final opponents are Paula Badosa, Karolina Pliskova, and Simona Halep, contingent on their performances of course. Both Badosa and Pliskova have had poor seasons this year, with both players nursing injuries. Halep, on the other hand, is going into Wimbledon with a few grass court wins under her belt, and has already beaten Swiatek twice in their four meetings, experience that could prove to be crucial if the two face each other in the semis.
If Swiatek makes it to the final, she is expected to face Ons Jabeur, who is coming off a grass court title win in Berlin earlier this month. Further, having beaten Swiatek at Wimbledon last year, Jabeur is likely to have the confidence to challenge the Pole, despite her fiery form. If the two face off in the final, it promises to be an explosive clash indeed.