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Wimbledon Stunner: World No. 1 Iga Świątek Upset by Yulia Putintseva

In one of the biggest upsets of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships, women’s world No. 1 Iga Świątek was eliminated in the third round, falling in three sets to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva.

The 23-year-old Pole, who came into the tournament as the overwhelming favorite after winning her third French Open title in June, struggled to find her rhythm against the crafty and tenacious Putintseva, ultimately falling 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in a dramatic two-and-a-half hour battle on Centre Court.

“It’s obviously a disappointing result, but full credit to Yulia, she played an incredible match,” said a visibly dejected Świątek afterwards. “I just couldn’t find a way to impose my game consistently. It’s tough to accept, but that’s tennis – you have to be at your best every time you step on the court.”

Putintseva, the world No. 36, described the victory as the “biggest win of my career.” The 29-year-old Kazakhstani, known for her grit and tenacity on court, saved two match points in the final set before clinching the win on her third match point.

“I just kept fighting and believing in myself,” said Putintseva. “Iga is an incredible player, so I knew I had to bring my absolute best tennis today. I’m thrilled to be through to the fourth round – it’s a dream come true.”

Świątek’s shock exit means the women’s draw at Wimbledon is now wide open, with no clear favorite emerging. Several other top players, including Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff, have also been upset in the early rounds.

The upset will also likely shake up the women’s world rankings, with Putintseva set to make a significant jump after her career-defining victory.

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