The tournament in Melbourne underwent the next shock on Sunday with the loss of the Polish Iga Swiatek in the women’s singles. As number 1 in the world, the 21-year-old was the top favorite for the overall victory, but she was surprised by the Kazakh Elena Rybakina: 4-6 4-6. The second seeded Tunisian Ons Jabeur had already been knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round.
Among the men, the two highest ranked tennis players had already disappeared from the tournament after the second round. The Spanish defending champion Rafael Nadal went down against American Mackenzie McDonald, although he could use a hip injury as an excuse. The second placed Norwegian Casper Ruud bowed to the American Jenson Brooksby.
Among the women, the number 3 of the placement list is still in the tournament. The American Jessica Pegula convincingly defeated the Czech Barbora Krejcikova in the fourth round and qualified for the quarterfinals. Among the men, the third-placed Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will duel with the Italian Jannik Sinner for a place in the quarter-finals.
Pegula did not count herself rich after her victory over Krejcikova, former winner of Roland Garros. “I have a great chance, because I play my best tennis, but I don’t immediately see myself as the big favourite,” said Pegula afterwards. “Jelena Ostapenko once won the French Open and is still in it, Elena Rybakina won Wimbledon last year and she is still in it, so it doesn’t feel like the highest ranked player left.”
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