World No. 1 Iga Swiatek wins her third major title at the US Open
By Tom Williams, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor / November 26, 1993
MILWAUKEE — In the middle of the night, after a sleepless night, sitting alone in a hotel bed, my mind racing, I found myself watching the television report on the US Open and I was struck by how remarkable it was, from a sporting standpoint, that our nation’s top woman was outsmarting her opponents and not just herself.
Swiatek was the only woman in the world to reach the US open championship without losing or withdrawing from a single contest. In fact, the 17-year-old Iga won it alone after defeating some of the best players in the world, including seven-time U.S. champion Monica Seles, who is playing her 16th title match.
Swiatek, who did not get a break after her first-round victory at Burlington, Wis., last week, was the only woman to win each of the last four major championships, including the two from last year, the PGA’s Women’s British Open and the Nabisco Championship tour, held the week of the US open.
Swiatek was able to keep going without the support of her teammates at the U.S. Open.
“I have had wonderful support from my teammates,” she once said during the 1990 PGA tour, “but it’s a tough sport to play without your teammates on the course or around the ball.”
The U.S. Open’s record for the longest winning streak at a major tournament is a remarkable one. The longest winning streak in tournament history belongs to the legendary golf course designer, Alister MacKenzie, who won three U.S. Opens, a British Open, a PGA and