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World No.1 Iga Swiatek exits Miami with Coco Gauff after major upsets

Swiatek may have felt she could win the match after overcoming Linda Noskova in the previous round, but her Russian opponent was not going to let mistakes get in the way of her plan. She quickly took control of the second set, making an unexpected back-and-forth comeback to take a 2-1 lead before finishing with 31 wins to Swiatek's 11.

World No.1 Iga Swiatek exits Miami with Coco Gauff after major upsets

Garcia advanced to the quarterfinals in Miami after defeating her second straight Grand Slam winner. She defeated four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka on Sunday. Top-seeded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova defeated world number one Iga Swiatek 6:4, 6:2 in the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday. With Aryna Sabalenkova and Coco Gauff out, 16th-ranked Alexandrova defeated the Pole with a masterful display of aggressive tennis from the start, knocking out all three of the top three seeds from the WTA competition.


 

World number two Aryna Sabalenko was beaten by Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina at the Miami Open on Saturday, while world number one was stunned by France's Caroline Garcia. 3 Gauff, who beat the American 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Monday to reach the quarterfinals. After breaking Swiatek in the first game, Alexandrova never looked at ease and dominated the match with some brilliant, aggressive tennis. The Polish player, who was attempting to become the second player to achieve a "Sunshine Double" after her victory in Indian Wells, made just one break during the match; However, Alexandrova saved and took a 4:2 lead into the second set.


 

Swiatek may have felt she could win the match after overcoming Linda Noskova in the previous round, but her Russian opponent was not going to let mistakes get in the way of her plan. She quickly took control of the second set, making an unexpected back-and-forth comeback to take a 2-1 lead before finishing with 31 wins to Swiatek's 11.


 

After an intense battle that had highs and lows, the 27-year-old Garcia decided to play the winner of Monday's match between Romanian Sorana Cirstea and American Danielle Collins in the last eight. Garcia won her third career match (3-2) against Gauff, whom she defeated at the 2022 US Open, although it was her first match against a top 10 since late 2022. "It was definitely a fantastic match and I won. Also, the last few months have not been easy. Even today it means a lot, especially in light of yesterday's match. And the tennis was excellent," she noted.

 


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