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Saturday, 06 July 2024 19:43

Putintseva knocks out No.1 Swiatek in Wimbledon third round.

Staff Reporter.


Top seed Iga Swiatek suffered a shock third-round exit at Wimbledon as she fell to world number 35 Yulia Putintseva.

Putintseva fought back from a set down to stun Poland's Swiatek 3-6 6-1 6-2.

The Kazakh, cheered on by a raucous crowd on Court One, wrapped up the victory on her third match point to end Swiatek's 21-match winning streak.

The five-time major winner is known for her clinical brand of tennis, but she hit a rare 34 unforced errors to Putintseva's 18.

"It feels really, really great," Putintseva said in her on-court interview.

"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."

Putintseva has reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and US Open, but had never been beyond the second round at Wimbledon.

It continues a superb grass-court season for the 29-year-old, who won the Birmingham Classic last month.

Meanwhile, grass remains Swiatek's least successful surface, with Wimbledon being the only Grand Slam in which she has not gone past the quarter-finals.

The 23-year-old French Open champion will return to her favoured clay courts to prepare for tennis at this summer's Olympics, which will be hosted at Roland Garros.