Iga Swiatek, the top seed and ranked player in the world, lost to Alize Cornet, 32, of France 6-4, 6-2, in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday.
In losing the final six games of the match on Court One, Swiatek—the hot favorite and owner of a 37-match winning streak spanning four months—performed far below her usual level.
Cornet was competing in a record-tying 62nd straight Grand Slam
Cornet, competing in a record-tying 62nd straight Grand Slam match, capitalized on Swiatek’s uneasiness with a cool-headed performance to win in 1 hour, 32 minutes.
The 37th-ranked Cornet added, “It reminds me of when I defeated Serena (Williams) here eight years ago on the same court; perhaps this court is a lucky charm.
“This kind of match is what I crave. It irritates me a lot. I had faith that I could succeed because Iga could feel a little uneasy on grass compared on other surfaces.”
Cornet has been a No. 1 Killer since 2014
When Cornet defeated Williams in 2014, she was also ranked number one in the world, and this time, the Frenchwoman rose to the challenge.
She won the first three games before holding off a comeback by Swiatek to win the first set, the fourth set Swiatek had lost in her incredible winning streak.
When Swiatek went up 2-0 in the second set, it appeared as though she had acquired some momentum. However, she was unable to maintain her advantage, and Cornet easily won the set.
Unseeded Australian Ajla Tomljanovic stands between Cornet and her second Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year.