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Tearful Coco Gauff And Iga Swiatek Knocked Out As Top Seeds Desert Australian Open

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depressed coco goff In her 7-5 6-3 loss to Yelena Ostapenko exist Australian Open On Sunday, the 18-year-old said she couldn’t come up with an answer to the Latvian’s match.

Gauff, who reached the French Open final in 2022, is in the tournament, but it was former Roland Garros champion Ostapenko who dominated the tournament, taking the Wimbledon champion to a quarter-final. a final Elena Rybakina.

“I think every loss is under my control because I do feel like I’m a good player, but she played better today,” Goff, who knocked out Emmara Dukanu in the second round, told reporters. .

“There were moments during the game when I was frustrated because I usually could work things out, but today I felt like I didn’t have a lot of answers about what she was doing.

“There were some balls I hit deep and she hit them on the line and hit them deep, over and over. It was just one of those days where instead of going my way, she went hers. “

When asked to explain her frustration, No. 7 seed Goff broke down in tears.

“I think it’s because I’ve worked so hard and felt really good going into the game and I still feel good now,” Gauff said. “I still feel like I’ve improved a lot. But when you play a player like her and she plays really well, it’s like there’s nothing you can do about it.

“So that part is kind of frustrating.”

Swiatek falls in historic moment

everything came so easy Ihe Svatek Last season – two Grand Slam trophies, eight championships, 37 consecutive victories, long-term ranking first.

These accomplishments made others expect Swiatek to continue to succeed, and there was nothing she could do about it. They also changed how she responded to big moments, a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in Sunday’s Australian Open fourth round, which left Swatek wondering whether she Need to reassess your prospects.

“I think I took a step back in the way I approached these games, maybe I wanted it a little too hard. So I’m going to try to relax a little bit,” Swiatek said. “I feel the pressure, I feel like ‘I don’t want to lose’ instead of ‘I want to win’.”

So there will be no duel between Swatek and No. 7 seed Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park. Instead, Rybakina faces 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who beat Gauff 7-5, 6-3 to put her semi-final spot at stake.

“I put a lot of pressure on her,” Ostapenko said.

Combined with Swiatek’s loss, and the first-week exits of Ons Jabeur, Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud, this Australian Open marks the first Grand Slam tournament of the Open era – which began in 1968 – before The two women’s seeds and the top two men’s seeds are all gone before the quarterfinals.

In other women’s matches on Sunday, third-ranked Jessica Pegula beat 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krychkova 7-5, 6-2 for the third straight year Into the Australian quarter-finals and awaits a night match between winner Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and unseeded Zhu Lin.

In the men’s draw, unseeded Czech Giri Lehka defeated sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliasim 4-6 6-3 7-6(2) 7-6(3), Advance to the quarterfinals.

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived an intense five-set fight with Jannik Sinner to reach the quarterfinals.

He appeared to be in control of 15th-seeded Sinner in two sets, but the wheels started to come off in the third set as his opponent took just four of the 26 break points he created, with some remarkable The power tennis counter is back to level.

Sinner, who appeared to have momentum in his epic five-set loss to Carlos Alcaraz in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, lost his way at the wrong moment as Tsitsipas squeezed into Rodriguez. Many Greek fans at the Delavor Arena were thrilled that he finished a game. After four full hours, it was 6-4 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-3.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press and Reuters.

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