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In the fourth round of the Australian Open, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina pulls off an upset to defeat World No. 1, Iga Swiatek

Elena Rybakina held her nerve to defeat world number one and top seed Iga Swiatek in straight sets in their fourth-round meeting at the Australian Open 2023 on Sunday, marking the first time this has happened in a women’s singles draw since 2021.

Elena Rybakina held her nerve to defeat world number one and top seed Iga Swiatek in straight sets in their fourth-round meeting at the Australian Open 2023 on Sunday, marking the first time this has happened in a women’s singles draw since 2021.

In just over an hour, the Kazakh won 6-4, 6-4 to reach her first Australian Open quarterfinal.
Rybakina has defeated nine of the top ten players so far, including two in a Grand Slam match.

However, she never defeated a world-ranked player. The 23-year-old had lost twice to the top-ranked Ashleigh Barty at the time, but her impressive run to the pre-quarters.

Melbourne Park showed that Swiatek, who had defeated Rybakina in their only WTA match last year in Ostrava, would never have it easy.

The 2022 Wimbledon champion made a calm start by attacking Swiatek’s second serve to get a 2-0 lead right away.

Rybakina seized the opportunity when the world number one’s first double fault was at 3-3 and sent a stunning backhand winner to take a 4-3 lead.

She then stayed firm on her serve with four straight aces to win the first set. Swiatek broke back immediately on second-return points.

Rybakina, the 22nd seed, stated, “It was a really tough match and I really respect Iga.” She added, “I think she played really well for a young player who is 21 years old from Poland.” It’s a significant victory, and I’m just glad to be in the next round.

Swiatek stepped up in the second set to take a 3-0 lead before Rybakina broke to love at 1-3 with her first serve.

The Kazakh regained her serve rhythm and leveled the score at 3-3 by firing with greater power and accuracy.

Rybakina won the match with a sixth booming forehand, converting another break-point opportunity and serving out effortlessly to win the game.

The composed Rybakina stated, “I think I was serving good and just struggling a bit on one side.” But I played really well in the crucial moments, and that made the difference.”

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