Iga Swiatek’s Defense of Her US Open Title Concludes with Fourth-Round Defeat to Jelena Ostapenko

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Iga Swiatek's U.S. Open title defense

Iga Swiatek’s effort to defend her U.S. Open championship concluded in disappointment as she suffered a defeat at the hands of Jelena Ostapenko, with the match ending 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday evening.

The defeat signifies the conclusion of Swiatek’s reign at the top of the WTA rankings. She will be displaced by current No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, who will ascend to the No. 1 position for the first time in her career, starting next week.

Throughout the match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Swiatek struggled with her accuracy and had difficulty countering the aggressive play from Ostapenko, the 20th seed and 2017 French Open champion.

The outcome of the match was not entirely unexpected given their historical head-to-head encounters. Ostapenko has now extended her winning record against Swiatek to 4-0, a unique achievement as no other player has registered four victories against Swiatek since she took over as the WTA’s top-ranked player in April 2022.

Ostapenko is set to face Coco Gauff in her inaugural quarterfinal appearance at Flushing Meadows. Gauff, the 19-year-old American talent, had earlier ousted Caroline Wozniacki with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory on the same day.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Iga Swiatek’s U.S. Open title defense

What was the result of Iga Swiatek’s fourth-round match in the U.S. Open?

Iga Swiatek was defeated by Jelena Ostapenko in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, with the final scores being 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Who will replace Iga Swiatek as the No. 1 in the WTA rankings?

Aryna Sabalenka, who is currently ranked No. 2, will ascend to the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings following Swiatek’s defeat.

Where was the match played?

The match was played at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

How has Ostapenko performed historically against Swiatek?

Jelena Ostapenko has a 4-0 winning record against Iga Swiatek. No other player has won four matches against Swiatek since she became the top-ranked player in April 2022.

Who will Jelena Ostapenko face in the quarterfinals?

Jelena Ostapenko is set to play against Coco Gauff in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.

How did Coco Gauff qualify for the quarterfinals?

Coco Gauff qualified for the quarterfinals by defeating Caroline Wozniacki with scores of 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 earlier on the same day.

Is this Aryna Sabalenka’s first time becoming the No. 1 in WTA rankings?

Yes, this will be Aryna Sabalenka’s first time ascending to the No. 1 position in the WTA rankings.

How long had Iga Swiatek been the top-ranked WTA player before this defeat?

Iga Swiatek had been the top-ranked player in the WTA rankings since April 2022 before her defeat in the U.S. Open.

More about Iga Swiatek’s U.S. Open title defense

  • Comprehensive U.S. Open Coverage
  • WTA Official Rankings
  • Head-to-Head Record of Swiatek and Ostapenko
  • Aryna Sabalenka Player Profile
  • Coco Gauff’s U.S. Open Journey
  • Arthur Ashe Stadium Information
  • Caroline Wozniacki Career Highlights

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