World No. 1 Swiatek eliminated from Australian Open

Polish top seed knocked out by Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 4-6, 4-6

Selcuk Bugra Gokalp  | 22.01.2023 - Update : 22.01.2023
World No. 1 Swiatek eliminated from Australian Open


World No.1 Iga Swiatek has been eliminated from the Australian Open 2023 by Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina on Sunday.

The Polish top seed was eliminated by the Wimbledon champion 4-6, 4-6 sets in a women’s singles round 4 match.

"For sure, (the) past two weeks have been pretty hard for me," Swiatek said, adding: "So, I felt today that I don't have that much to take from myself to fight even more … I felt like I took a step back in terms of how I approach these tournaments, and I maybe wanted it a little bit too hard."

"I felt the pressure, and I felt that 'I don't want to lose' instead of 'I want to win'," the 21-year-old said.

Rybakina, for her part, said: "It was a really tough match. I really respect Iga because the (streak) she has and her Grand Slams.”

“She’s a young player and, I think, she plays really well and, today, I think, I was serving also good, just struggling a bit on one side but in the end in the important moments I played really well so it made the difference,” she added.

Ostapenko shocks Gauff in round 4

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia shocked world No. 7 Coco Gauff in a women's singles round 4 match.

Ostapenko beat Gauff 7-5, 6-3 to reach her maiden Australian Open quarterfinal.

"I'm really happy with the win," Ostapenko said.

"Of course, I knew she's such a great player, super young, she's playing really well and was fighting until the very last point," she added.

Rybakina will face 2017 French Open winner Ostapenko in the quarterfinals.

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