Iga Swiatek caught in awkward moment in French Open win

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Iga Swiatek sat down for a change of ends when she wasn't supposed to, prompting an amusing response from the chair umpire.
World No.1 Iga Swiatek lost track of what game it was in the French Open second round, prompting an amused chair umpire to remind her she needed to get up and play. Pictures: Eurosport

Iga Swiatak's progression through the French Open has gone off without a hitch thus far, but the world No.1 had a momentary but amusing lapse in concentration in her second round match-up.

Storming through her match against Alison Riske, Swiatek had claimed the first set 6-0, and was clearly still in the zone entering the second.

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After winning the first game of the set, Swiatek took a seat at the changeover - before the chair umpire had the unfortunate task of reminding her there was another game to be played before the change of ends.

A lightly embarrassed Swiatek chuckled and quickly hopped out of her seat, apologising to the umpire and Riske with a smile on her face.

"She's just realised she's got to carry on through. Gosh, I was a bit lost there myself! That's quite funny," Eurosport commentator Annabel Croft noted.

Unfortunately for Riske, the gaffe wasn't anywhere near enough to knock Swiatek out of her rhythm.

Swiatek continued her demolition job on her American opponent, closing out the match 6-0, 6-2 to set up a third round clash with Montenegrin challenge Danka Kovinic.

The latest victory kept alive an incredible winning streak for Swiatek, who came into the French Open riding a 28-game win streak.

A deep run at Roland Garros would see Swiatek claim the longest winning streak on tour since Serena Williams bagged 34 consecutive victories in 2013.

It is also a far cry from Martina Navratilova's all-time record of 74 from 1984 but such is Swiatek's domination on the slowest surface that it will be a major shock if she does not add another seven wins to that number in Paris.

Swiatek has also won 40 of the last 41 sets she has played and is undefeated since losing to former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai in February.

Swiatek stays alive as top seeds tumble in Paris

With a number of top women's contenders knocked out in the early rounds, Swiatek's favouritism for the French Open has only been affirmed.

So swift has been the exit of the women's top seeds that only three of the top 10 remain - Swiatek (No.1), Paula Badosa (No.3) and Aryna Sabalenka (No.7).

Wildcard Leolia Jeanjean caused a sensation by knocking out No.8 seed Karolina Pliskova, as the seeds continued to tumble in the second round.

The 26-year-old Frenchwoman, ranked 227 in the world, beat last year's Wimbledon runner-up 6-2 6-2, to begin a wave of upsets at Roland Garros.

Joining Pliskova on the way out were Jelena Ostapenko (No.13), Danielle Collins (No.9) and Simona Halep (No.19).

Iga Swiatek has firmed as a favourite for the French Open title after upsets caught out several other top seeded players. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP via Getty Images)
Iga Swiatek has firmed as a favourite for the French Open title after upsets caught out several other top seeded players. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP via Getty Images)

In the late match, Alize Cornet beat 2017 champion Ostapenko 6-0 1-6 6-3 to advance.

The 32-year-old French player had plenty of support under the lights at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Ostapenko made 48 unforced errors to Cornet's five. The Latvian beat Halep for the Roland Garros title five years ago.

Veteran Cornet reached her first grand slam quarterfinal this year at the Australian Open.

Halep, the 2018 champion, came unstuck against China's Qinwen Zheng in three sets while Collins won just seven games against compatriot Shelby Rogers, losing 6-4 6-3.

Collins reached the final of the Australian Open this year, when she was beaten 6-3 7-6 by Ash Barty.

With AAP

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