Defending champion Iga Swiatek exits US open following loss to Jelena Ostapenko


Defending champion and the world’s number one-ranked player, Iga Swiatek, has been ousted from the tournament in the fourth round.

The gripping clash took place at the illustrious Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York on Sunday, where Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, the 20th seed, claimed a hard-fought victory over Swiatek with a scoreline of 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Prior to this match, the Polish sensation and three-time Grand Slam winner Swiatek had not yielded a single set to her opponents. However, Ostapenko’s relentless determination and crisp forehand winner on match point broke Swiatek’s serve, leaving the crowd in awe as she celebrated her victory with a triumphant fist pump.

This victory further solidified Ostapenko’s dominance over Swiatek, extending her career head-to-head record to an impressive 4-0.

Jelena Ostapenko, who previously claimed the French Open title in 2017 at Roland Garros, now sets her sights on the next challenge as she squares off against American sixth seed Coco Gauff.

Gauff secured her spot in the upcoming match by defeating wildcard entry Caroline Wozniacki in a thrilling three-set battle earlier in the day.

For Iga Swiatek, this marks another early exit from a major tournament, following her quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon, where she succumbed to unseeded Ukrainian player Elina Svitolina. The tennis world eagerly awaits further developments in this captivating US Open, where surprises and upsets continue to captivate fans worldwide.

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