Iga Swiatek extends winning streak into semifinals at Indian Wells

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Iga Swiatek won her ninth consecutive match on Wednesday, handedly defeating No. 25 seed Madison Keys in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

With the win, the No. 3 seed advances to the semifinals where she’ll face off against Simona Halep.

Swiatek reeled off the first five games of the match to take a 5-1 lead in the first set. She didn’t drop a point after that, dominating Keys and going 3-for-3 on break points.

Swiatek is the first player on the WTA Tour to advance to four semifinals in 2022, having made the semifinals in Adelaide, at the Australian Open, in Doha and now at Indian Wells. The 20-year-old is also the youngest player to reach the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open since Bianca Andreescu in 2019.

With nine wins in a row, Swiatek is also the youngest player to achieve such a feat on hard courts since Andreescu in 2019. She is 18-3 on the season in match-wins, which leads the tour. At WTA 1000 events, Swiatek is undefeated, having claimed the first WTA 1000 tournament title of the year in Doha.

“I felt really comfortable,” Swiatek said after the 56-minute match. “I’m also trying to get some fun as well from matches which are tight. Right now I’m more focused on finding solutions and I want every match to be a lesson for me.”

It’s a great start to the year for Swiatek, who finished No. 9 last year in the world rankings and parted ways with long-time coach Piotr Sierzputowski. She’s currently up to No. 4 in the world, which ties her career high.

She’ll face off against Halep for the fourth time in the semifinal. Their previous three meetings have all come at Grand Slam events, with Halep holding a 2-1 lead over Swiatek. Halep disposed of Petra Martic in the quarterfinal 6-1, 6-1.