Iga Swiatek Suffers Shock loses To Jelena Ostapenko In New York

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Iga Swiatek’s defence of the US Open title was ended by an inspired performance from Jelena Ostapenko in the last 16. Polish top seed Swiatek lost 3-6 6-3 6-1 to Latvian 20th seed Ostapenko during Sunday’s night session in New York. With her fearless and aggressive approach, Ostapenko hit 31 winners and forced Swiatek into a host of mistakes. Ostapenko, who won her sole major at the 2017 French Open, will face American sixth seed Coco Gauff next. Swiatek’s 75-week streak as the women’s world number one has been ended by the defeat; with Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka guaranteed to replace her after the US Open.

“I’m surprised that my level changed so drastically,” said 22-year-old Swiatek. “Usually when I play bad, I play bad at the beginning, then I catch up or problem solve. This time it was totally the opposite. I don’t really know what happened with my game. I felt no control suddenly.”

Swiatek had lost all three of her previous meetings against Ostapenko, but the pair had not played since February 2022 – after which the Pole embarked on a transformational 37-match winning run. The run led to Swiatek taking over at the top of the WTA rankings, a place she had not relinquished since as her dominance increased.

Into her first US Open quarter-final, the 2017 French Open champion will next face American favourite Coco Gauff next.

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