Iga Swiatek crashed out of US Open 2023© AFP
Prime-seed Iga Swiatek crashed out of US Open, struggling a 6-3, 3-6, 1-6 defeat to world no. 21 Jelena Ostapenko in Girls’s Singles Spherical of 16. Swiatek, who was additionally the defending champion within the competitors, began off properly in opposition to Ostapenko, profitable the primary set 6-Three however was outdone by her opponent within the following two units. Swiatek may need been presumed the favourite given her dominance of the WTA Tour over the past couple of years however on-field it is Ostapenko who has had an edge over the Pole. The truth is, earlier than this assembly, Ostapenko had received all three of the pair’s earlier showdowns.
Swiatek went into Spherical four encounter in opposition to Ostapenko having received only one set in three conferences in opposition to the big-hitting Latvian. Basing her sport on audacious hitting that may run cold and hot, Ostapenko overpowered the Pole the identical approach she did in earlier conferences. However, all of her earlier wins had come earlier than Swiatek had risen to No.1 final yr. Nevertheless, rating had little influence on Ostapenko’s thoughts as she as soon as once more continued her dominance over the Polish star.
“I all the time count on a tricky battle in opposition to Iga,” Ostapenko mentioned on courtroom after her triumph. “She’s received many Slams and he or she performs very constant. I simply went on courtroom and I needed to play aggressive as a result of that is what she does not actually like. Within the third set, I stepped extra within the courtroom and I used to be serving higher.”
Ostapenko produced an unimaginable fightback after dropping the primary set in a match that lasted for 1hr 48min. She’s going to now face American sixth seed Coco Gauff within the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
The defeat additionally means Polish star Swiatek may even finish her 75-week reign as ladies’s world primary when the rankings are up to date after the US Open, with rival Aryna Sabalenka set to take over high spot.
With AFP inputs
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