World No. 1 Iga Swiatek falls to Yulia Putintseva at Wimbledon

Unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan shocked World No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the third round at Wimbledon on Saturday.

Swiatek had won 21 consecutive matches, including titles in Madrid, Rome and Paris. She has four French Open titles and five Grand Slams overall but has never captured a Wimbledon title.

Swiatek — who committed 38 unforced errors to just 15 by Putintseva — will next enter the Paris Olympics, where she’s expected to challenge for a gold medal.

Putintseva, who had lost all four previous matches against Swiatek, went 7 of 8 on break-point opportunities. Swiatek finished with 34 winners, 15 more than Putintseva, but the unforced errors came back to haunt her.

In other third-round action, No. 21 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine upended 10th-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-1, 7-6 (4), who lost the last two finals at Wimbledon.

Svitolina made 76 percent (29 of 38) of her first-serve points and saved both break-point opportunities. She also forced Jabeur into 31 unforced errors and committed just 12.

In an all-Russian matchup, No. 17 seed Anna Kalinskaya moved on with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over 15th-seeded Liudmila Samsonova.

No. 13 seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, who won the 2017 French Open, had no trouble with Bernarda Pera, advancing to the round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-3 win.

Former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, the No. 31 seed, was leading 6-0, 4-3 when Spain’s Jessica Bouzas Maneiro retired in the second set due with a lower back injury. The unseeded Bouzas Maneiro stunned defending champion Marketa Vondrousova in the first round.

“I had two very tough first two matches,” Krejcikova told reporters after the match. “Today I wouldn’t say it was easier, but the score was definitely easier than the matches before, especially in the first set.”

Xinyu Wang of China, who took down No. 5 seed Jessica Pegula in the second round, defeated fellow unseeded player Harriet Dart of Great Britain 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the Round of 16.

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