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Wimbledon champion Elina Rybakina scores an upset, ousting world No. 1 Aega Svetek in the fourth round of the Australian Open

FeaturedSports NewsWimbledon champion Elina Rybakina scores an upset, ousting world No. 1 Aega Svetek in the fourth round of the Australian Open

In the first-of-its-kind clash between two Grand Slam champions in the women’s singles draw since 2021, Wimbledon champion Elina Rybakina held her nerve to knock out world No. 1 and top seed Aga Svetek in straight sets in the fourth round. took Meet at the Australian Open 2023 on Sunday. The Kazakh script advanced to his first Australian Open quarter-final with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in one and a half hours.

Rybakina has beaten nine top-10 players so far, two of which have come in Grand Slams. But she has never won against a world No. 1 player. The 23-year-old had lost twice against then-top-ranked Ashley Barty, but her impressive run in the pre-quarters at Melbourne Park highlighted that it was never going to be an easy task for Switek, who beat Rybakina. was defeated. They had their only WTA meet in Ostrava last year.

The 2022 Wimbledon winner made a composed start to the match, attacking Svetek’s second serve to take an early 2-0 lead. Switek quickly hit back on the second return point, but Rybakina seized the moment when the world No. 1’s first double fault at 3-3 sent a stunning backhand winner to take a 4-3 lead. And then stick to your service. Four straight aces to take the opening set.

“It was a really tough match and I really respect Iga,” said 22nd seed Rybakina. “She’s a young player and thought she played really well,” he added of the 21-year-old from Poland. “It’s a big win and I’m happy to go into the second round.”

Swietak pulled off an upset in the second set.


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