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Australian Launch: Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff ousted in fourth round

Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina

High-ranked Iga Swiatek became as soon as eradicated from the Australian Launch by Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the fourth round, busting inaugurate the ladies’s plot.

Rybakina, the twenty 2d seed who would possibly possibly be in the prime 10 if the WTA counted 2022 Wimbledon ranking draw, took out Swiatek, who won the French Launch and U.S. Launch finest yr, 6-4, 6-4 to alter into the first quarterfinalist in Melbourne.

She subsequent gets No. 17 Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Launch champion from Latvia who beat No. 7 Coco Gauff 7-5, 6-3.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, who performs No. 20 Barbora Krejcikova later Sunday, is now the very excellent ladies’s seed left and the lone American girl left.

Pegula, who has never been past a prime quarterfinal, is taking a understand to complete the longest U.S. ladies’s singles major title drought this century (since Sofia Kenin won the 2020 Australian Launch) and longest U.S. males’s and women’s singles major drought in the Launch Generation (since 1968).

Final July, Rybakina became the 2d-lowest-ranked girl to win Wimbledon at No. 23 on this planet. She became as soon as born and raised in Moscow but in 2018 switched nationality to Kazakhstan, which equipped extra monetary attend of her tennis occupation.

Wimbledon banned Russians and Belarusians from playing finest yr attributable to the battle in Ukraine. The WTA and ATP spoke back by stripping the occasion of its ranking draw.

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