Wimbledon: Iga Swiatek stunned by Yulia Putintseva as Harriet Dart is knocked out by China's Xinyu Wang (2024)

World No 1 Iga Swiatek was handed a stunning Wimbledon third-round exit as she lost to YuliaPutintseva on Saturday, while Britain's Harriet Dart saw her championships end in defeat to China'sXinyu Wang.

Swiatek was on a 21-match winning streak and looked on course to cruise into the last 16 at the All England Club when she claimed the opener, but the Kazakhstan player hit back with a brilliant second set where she broke twice.

Four-time French Open champion Swiatek raced off court before the decider and when she eventually returned faced boos from an impatient crowd.

It seemed to knock the top seed off her stride and she netted to give 30th seed Putintseva an impressive 3-6 6-1 6-2 victory on her third match point.

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Moscow-born Putintseva soaked up the adulation before she said in her on-court interview: "It feels great, it feels really great.

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"I was just so focused on playing fast and not giving her any time. So, that's pretty much it.

"I was feeling it on the court and that is why I was like fire. I was trying to entertain you more and more with my shots.

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"I just want to enjoy this moment, like cool down a little bit, do a stretch and eat. Important!"

Dart dumped out by Wang after final-set collapse

Dart, who had rallied to defeat British rival Katie Boulter in the previous round, was beaten 6-2 5-7 3-6 in a match that lasted two hours and 18 minutes having been disrupted by rain delays earlier in the day.

The British No 2 was denied a spot in the fourth round after dropping six straight games in the deciding third set after leading 3-0 at one stage.

"I'm super happy to be in the fourth round," Wang told the BBC in her on-court interview. "It was really tough today, Harriet was playing really good, her balls are super flat, she was serving good. It was just a really tough battle, I'm just happy.

"I was getting a bit more used to her balls and all the slices. I felt more comfortable each time as the match was going. Now I'm looking forward to my next match."

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World No 100 Dart opened up a 3-1 advantage to begin the match two hours after its scheduled 11am start, before responding emphatically to a Wang break to restore her two-game lead at 4-2.

A forehand winner chalked up the first set after 38 minutes and Dart looked on course for the next round when she held for 4-3 in the second after the pair had traded breaks of serve.

A double fault soon left her staring at a 15-30 deficit, before the Brit buried a smash into the net from deuce as Wang went on to rescue the hold for 5-5 followed by a defining break of serve.

Frustration began to tell for Dart, who had fought through tears to overcome Boulter in a tense tiebreak earlier in the week.

Dart vs Wang: Tale of the Tape

Dart Match Stats Wang
2 Aces 0
7 Double Faults 5
61% 1st serve win percentage 59%
39% 2nd serve win percentage 42%
4/8 Net points won 28/40
6/13 Break points won 7/17
20 Total winners 32
36 47 14
105 Total points won 104

She initially appeared to have recovered well when she raced out to a 3-0 cushion, only for Wang to wrestle the match in her favour by reeling off sixth straight games.

Wang had arrived on the back of defeating America's Jessica Pegula, making her first win against a top-five opponent.

"Really super happy to be here, I enjoy playing here. I hope to see you guys for my next match and hopefully you cheer more for me next time!"

Rybakina eyes second slam | Jabeur crashes out in straight sets

Fourth seed Elena Rybakina overpowered former world number one Caroline Wozniacki to blast her way into the Wimbledon fourth round on Saturday, dropping just one game in a brutal display.

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The 2022 champion fired down nine aces and struck 36 winners in 57 minutes of one-sided action as she triumphed 6-0 6-1, with her eyes fixed firmly on a second Wimbledon title.

She is in the fourth round for the fourth successive year where she will face 17th seed Anna Kalinskaya.

It was a far different story for 10th seed Ons Jabeur, beaten in the last two Wimbledon women's finals - including that 2022 Rybakina win - as she suffered a brutal 6-1 7-6 (7-4) defeat to Elina Svitolina

The popular Tunisian could have been 2-0 up right at the start of the match as she had a break point in Svitolina's opening service game and a game point in the next.

Instead it was Ukrainian 21st seed who delivered the killer blows early to open up a 2-0 lead and she never moved her eye off the ball as she romped through the first set.

Jabeur put up more of a fight in the second and even had set point at 6-5 up on Svitolina's serve before eventually coming a cropper in a tie-break to end her Wimbledon dreams for another year.

Svitolina will next face China's Wang after she dispatched of British hope Dart..

Danielle Collins and Barbora Krejcíkova make up the other fourth-round tie in the top half of the draw after the respective 11th and 31st seeds beat Beatriz Haddad Maia and Jessica Bouzas Maneiro on Saturday.

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