Australian Open 2024: World No.1 Iga Swiatek faces an unexpected early exit after suffering 3rd round loss

With this unexpected exit, Swiatek's Australian Open 2024 campaign concludes, emphasizing the unpredictability and excitement that the tournament has to offer.

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Australian Open 2024: World No.1 Iga Swiatek faces an unexpected early exit after suffering 3rd round loss

Iga Swiatek crashes out of Australian Open 2024. Image- Tennis-Infinity.com

In a stunning upset at the Australian Open 2024, top-seeded Iga Swiatek faced an unexpected early exit after a hard-fought third-round battle against Czech teenager Linda Noskova. The match, held at the iconic Rod Laver Arena on Saturday, witnessed a thrilling turnaround as Noskova secured a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over the reigning World No.1.

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Iga Swiatek crashes out of Australian Open 2024. Image- Tennis-Infinity.com
Iga Swiatek crashes out of Australian Open 2024. Image- Tennis-Infinity.com

Swiatek, who began the encounter as the overwhelming favorite, took the first set 6-3. However, the 19-year-old Noskova displayed remarkable resilience, staging a comeback by claiming the second set 6-3. In a nail-biting third set, Noskova continued her impressive performance, securing a 6-4 victory and causing a major upset in the Australian Open 2024 women's singles category.

The defeat marked the end of Swiatek's 18-match winning streak at the Australian Open and thwarted her quest for a maiden title in Melbourne. The Polish player, known for her dominance on the court, had a challenging start to this year's Grand Slam, narrowly escaping defeat in the previous rounds against Sofia Kenin and Danielle Collins.

Noskova, ranked 50th, capitalized on her first appearance in the main draw of the Australian Open 2024, demonstrating remarkable composure during crucial moments of the match. She saved a breakpoint in the seventh game of the second set and went on to win 11 of the next 12 points, leveling the contest. The Czech teenager sealed the victory with an ace on match point, leaving Swiatek unable to respond with a mistimed forehand. Swiatek, who outclassed Noskova in straight sets last year, has never crossed the semifinal stage at Melbourne Park.

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With this unexpected exit, Swiatek's Australian Open 2024 campaign concludes, emphasizing the unpredictability and excitement that the tournament has to offer. Noskova, on the other hand, advances to the fourth round, making a memorable mark in her debut appearance at Melbourne Park.

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