Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The No. 1 Swiatek was eliminated in the 3rd round of the Australian Open by Czech Noskova

The No. 1 seed Iga Swiatek was eliminated from the Australian Open on Saturday, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round to 50th-ranked Linda Noskova. in the women’s tournament.

Swiatek has won four majors, but has yet to make it past the semi-finals at Melbourne Park.

In all, she is on an 18-match winning streak and is the predicted winner against Noskova, a tournament debutant.

Swiatek defeated 2020 Australian champion Sofia Kenin and 2022 finalist Danielle Collins in the first two rounds. But after winning the first set against his 19-year-old Czech opponent, he seemed to lose his rhythm.

Noskova saved a break point in the seventh game of the second set and won 11 of the next 12 points to tie the match at one set apiece.

The Czech got the decisive break in the seventh game of the third set.

Swiatek held to love in the penultimate game and forced his opponent to serve, then led 0-30 in the 10th.

But Noskova remained calm and won the next four points. He reached match point with an ace and sealed victory when Swiatek sent a backhand out.

In the loss of Swiatek, no. 12 China’s Zheng Qinwen remains the top seed on her side and Australia’s double champion Victoria Azarenka as the only major winner.

The defending champion Aryna Sabalenka, US Open winner Coco Gauff and world no. 9 Barbora Krejcikova is on the opposite side of the draw.

On the men’s side, the top ranking continues. The no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz and no. 3 Daniil Medvedev won in straight sets and advanced to the fourth round. The no. 1 Novak Djokovic, 2nd Jannik Sinner and 5th Andrey Rublev are now in the round of 16.

Medvedev beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 and finished two and a half hours before midnight local time. His next opponent was Nuno Borges, who surprisingly defeated the no. 13 Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6).

Alcaraz, the Wimbledon champion, calmly advanced to the fourth round, when his opponent Shang Juncheng had to retire at the start of the third set.

The Spaniard, second in the world rankings, had a 6-1, 6-1, 1-0 lead over his 18-year-old opponent when he retired.

Just 66 minutes into the game, Shang arrived with a big bandage on his right leg.

“It’s not the way you want to advance,” admitted Alcaraz, who was unable to play last year due to injury. “A year ago I was watching the games from my armchair, and I wanted to be there in the second week. “It’s the first time I’ve made it to the second week of the Australian Open, and it feels special.”

Alcaraz will face Miomir Kecmanovic, the Serbian who escaped match point to beat Tommy Paul, last year’s semifinalist, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-0.

American Paul has a two-sets-to-one lead at the Margaret Court Arena. He had a match point in the fourth set tiebreaker, but Kecmanovic tied and then took the decisive set.

Hubert Hurkacz (9th) defeated Ugo Humbert (21st) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 to reach the fourth round for the second year in a row. He will face Frenchman Arthur Cazaux, who defeated Tallon Griekspoor, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.

Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska equaled her best performance in a Grand Slam tournament, defeating American Emma Navarro, ranked 27th in the world, 6-2, 2-6, and 6-1 to qualify in the fourth round.

Yastremska, ranked 93rd, claimed victory after one hour and 46 minutes to schedule a match against world number eleven Jelena Ostapenko or two-time event winner Victoria Azarenka.

The Ukrainian has fallen in the first round in his seven previous Grand Slam appearances. He also reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon 2019.

“I feel nervous,” said Yastremska, who has 36 winners. “In the second set, I felt a little pain in my neck and I thought I should break it, but I didn’t want to do it to myself.”

“I told myself not to focus too much on the neck during the third set because I would be really distracted. I just told myself to enjoy it.”

In the first match at Rod Laver Arena, China’s Zheng Qinwen beat compatriot Wang Yafan 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8) to reach the fourth round in Australia for the first time. Zheng, seeded 12th, reached the quarterfinals of the US Open last year. His next opponent is Oceane Dodin, who defeated Clara Burel 6-2, 6-4.

“We gave it our best shot,” said Zheng, thanking Wang and saying it was an honor to have their match on the main court at Melbourne Park. “He never gives up.

Zheng added that he was inspired by watching Li Na win the Australian Open title in 2014.

“Of course, I sat in front of the TV, watching from beginning to end,” he said. “I’ve seen that ending over 10 times.”

Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion and finalist at Roland Garros the following year, lost 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-4 to Anna Kalinskaya in a 2-hour, 45-minute match at Kia Sand.

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