Elena Rybakina eliminates Iga Swiatek, the number 1 in the Australian Open
Elena Rybakina greets to Iga Swiatek after defeating her at the Australian Open.
Last season, everything seemed easy for Iga Swiatek. Two Grand Slam trophies, eight titles in total, a 37-winning streak, a long reign at the top of the rankings.
Those achievements made others expect greatness. Swiatek's constant, something that could not be missing. They also changed the way she approached key moments, and her 6-4, 6-4 loss to Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the fourth round of the Australian Open left Swiatek wondering if she should revise her strategy.
“I felt So I need to take a step back in how I approach these tournaments, and maybe I'll take a step back. she loved him too much. So I'm going to try to calm down a bit more,” Swiatek said. “I felt The pressure dropped, and I felt it. that ‘I don't want to lose’ instead of 'I want to win.' a duel between Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff at the Australian Open. Instead, the tennis players who beat them on Sunday will collide.
Rybakina and Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, will meet for a ticket to the semifinals.
Ostapenko, a 25-year-old Latvian. overcame ousted Gauff (seeded 7th) 7-5, 6-3 at Margaret Court Arena.
Rybakina (seeded 22nd) earned the second seed. of the great take out of it to destabilize Swiatek, and took out & oacute; he did the best part of the exchanges from the baseline to earn a 6-4, 6-4 win in about an hour and a half.
“I played good at the important moments,” Rybakina said. “Of course, I get nervous every time I go out on the court, I think like all of them. But I'm always calm. At least I try not to show too much emotion. My trainer tells me that I actually need to show them sometimes, so I know I'm also learning”.
Swiatek has been a three-time major champion, including titles at the French Open and the US Open last year.
Rybakina's placement in the rankings did not reflect her ability or results, as her title last July at the All England Club came as nothing. in an edition of the tournament that did not distribute money. Ranking points.
The WTA and ATP tours refrained from awarding points at the tournament after organizers barred tennis players from Russia and Belarus from participating in the aftermath of the invasion. ;n to Ukraine.