Iga Swaitek & Coco Gauff

On Sunday, top seed Iga Swaitek and tearful Coco Gauff were both beaten in straight sets by the losers in the 16th round of the Australian Open.
Swiatek’s loss to Elena Rybakina marks the first Grand Slam in Open history — since 1968 — to lose both the top two seeds of the women’s and men’s draws prior to the quarter-finals.
Jessica Pegula was not in such trouble, however, as the American third seed surged into the last eight with a 7-5 and 6-2 victory over Barbora Krejcikova, former French Open champion.
Rybakina, Wimbledon champion, defeated Swiatek 2022 French Open and US Open winners 6-4,6-4 in 1hr 29min in a stunned Rod Laver Arena.
Kazakh Rybakina, a Moscow-born Kazakh Rybakina is seeded 22 and moves on to a last eight encounter with Jelena Ospolenko.
The 17th seed from Latvia was the upset of the century, knocking out seventh seed Gauff 7-5 and 6-3 at Margaret Court Arena.
During an emotional press conference after the match, Gauff, 18, broke down in tears.
Swiatek, the world number one and most popular choice, admitted Rybakina was deserving of victory.
Swiatek, 21 years old, said that she felt the pressure. “I felt like I wanted to win, not lose,” Swiatek, 21 said.
Swiatek, who was the dominant player in women’s tennis last season and is already a three time major champion, said: “I felt today like I don’t really have that much left to fight.”
“I felt like I had taken a step back when it came to how I approached these tournaments. I may have wanted it a bit too hard.
“So, I’m going try to relax a bit more.”
Swiatek follows Ons Jabeur, second seed out of Melbourne, the Tunisian having been eliminated in round two in a surprise.
The American Gauff was the favourite to defeat Ostapenko (2017 French Open winner).
However, Ostapenko, a 25-year-old, was always in control and made sure that Gauff had to wait at least a little longer for his first major title.
Gauff said it was “a little bit frustrating”, but then her voice cracked suddenly, and she began to cry. She was offered a tissue.
She said, “I’m OK. We can keep going.”

‘never doubted’
Jelena Ostapenko, a former French Open champion, said Sunday that she had never doubted her ability to win another major. She reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2018.
The 2017 Roland Garros winner reached the final eight of a Slam at Wimbledon four years ago. She has been trying to get back in the elite since then, after falling below the top 40 in 2019.
For a place in this year’s semi-finals, she will be playing against current Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina
When asked by reporters if she ever believed a second Grand Slam title was impossible, the Latvian world number seventeen replied: “I honestly haven’t really doubted it.”
She said, “I believed and knew my game all along. If I play well, anyone can beat me.”
Ostapenko, 25, was only 19 when she won the French Open. She said that it was difficult to adjust after being thrust in the spotlight.
She said that everyone expected her to win every tournament.
“It took me some time to adjust to it. There was a lot of attention outside of the court, such as photo shoots and all that stuff.
“You are more popular in your country. Everyone is watching you. It’s wonderful, but it took me some time to adjust.
“It’s just more important to win another Grand Slam, and to play well, be back in top 10, and to play consistently.”