Wednesday, February 8, 2023

World number 1, Swiatek, falls in the round of 16 in Australia

Surprise in the round of 16 of the Australian Open women’s tournament with the elimination in the round of 16 of Iga Swiatek in view of Elena Rybakina by 6-4 and 6-4. Champion of Roland Garros and the United States Open last year and world number 1, the Polish tennis player, great favorite for the title in Melbourne, has been defeated by the Kazakh tennis player, last Wimbledon champion and 25th world champion.

swiatekimprecise in her game and without the forcefulness of blows usual in her, she has not been able to always go in tow Rybakina, even when in the second set it has led 3-0 on the scoreboard. The 23-year-old tennis player born in Moscow happily explained her victory. “When you play against the number 1, you have nothing to lose. She had to be aggressive and return the ball, that’s what I did,” she said proudly.

“Elena was the strongest today. She withstood the pressure more and served very hard,” she accepted with resignation swiatekafter his defeat. The Pole had reached the semifinals of the tournament last year where she lost to the American Danielle Collinseliminated this year in the previous round by kasatkina.

In the quarter round Rybakina will face Jelena Ostapenkochampion at Roland Garros in 2017, who beat the American hope Coco Gauff (7-5, 6-3), who ended up crying on court after his defeat.

Auger-Aliassime, eliminated

In the round of 16 of the men’s tournament there was also a surprise with the elimination of Auger-Aliassimelast Davis Cup champion, against Jiri Lehecka (71 world) and former Wimbledon junior champion. The 21-year-old Czech tennis player won 4-6, 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (3). Previously lehecka he had eliminated the Croatian borna coric (23 world) in the second round and the British Cameron Norrie (12 world) in the third round of the tournament. “Being here, in this center and winning has been incredible. Last year I lost in the first round”, highlighted the Czech tennis player.

Auger-Aliassime, seventh in the world and a candidate to reach the last rounds of the tournament, had already struggled in the three previous rounds in which he had lost four sets. “My tennis is not where I need it to be to win in these scenarios, nor where I want it to be,” he said after losing.

lehecka will face this Tuesday in the quarterfinals the winner of the last game this Sunday that faces Stefanos Tsitsipas Y Jannick Sinner.

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