Gauff crashes at Wimbledon as Alcaraz, Sinner locked on collision course

LONDON: World number two Coco Gauff was sent out of Wimbledon by American compatriot Emma Navarro on Sunday as Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner were firmly on a collision course for the semi-finals at the All England Club.

Gauff’s 6-4, 6-3 loss in the fourth round means that only two of the top 10 women’s seeds remain in the tournament.

Elsewhere, heralded Lulu Sun became the first New Zealand woman to reach the last eight at Wimbledon, while Madison Keys left the last 16 clash in tears.

Navarro, ranked 19th, reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time by defeating US Open champion Gauff.

Gauff, a semi-finalist at the Australian Open and the French Open this year, still has to get past the 16s at Wimbledon, where he broke through in 2019 at the age of 15.

His shock defeat followed the surprise exit of world number one Iga Swiatek in the third round on Saturday.

“I think I played very aggressively. Coco is an amazing player and I have a lot of respect for him,” Navarro said.

Only fourth-seeded 2022 champion Elena Rybakina and world number seven Jasmine Paolini remain among the top 10 women.

Paolini will be Navarro’s quarterfinal opponent.

Alcaraz, ranked third in the world ranking, defeated the French 16th seed Ugo Humbert 6:3, 6:4, 1:6, 7:5, thus reaching the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam for the ninth time in just 14 matches.

However, it was another unpleasant afternoon for the Spaniard, who needed five sets to oust Frances Tiafoe in the third round.

He dropped serve five times and committed 33 unforced errors during his erratic performance on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, looking to win the French Open and Wimbledon for just the sixth time, eased into the first set under the Center Court roof before crucially saving four break points in the second fifth game. .

Humbert stormed back and broke the champion three times in the third set as Alcaraz crashed out in spectacular fashion.

However, Humbert surrendered a break of serve in the 11th game of the fourth set and Alcaraz took full advantage to quickly seal the tie.

“I’ll be there and fight until the last ball,” said Alcaraz, who is aiming for a fourth Grand Slam title.

Alcaraz will play American 12th seed Tommy Paul, who beat Roberto Bautista Agu 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2.

On Court One, top seed Sinner advanced to the last eight after defeating American 14th seed Ben Shelton 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (11/9).

Sinner, who won his first Slam crown at the Australian Open this year, will face Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev for a place in the semi-finals in a rematch of the final in Melbourne.

“It was a difficult match, especially the third set. I had to keep saving set points,” said Sinner, a semifinalist in 2023.

Medvedev, who was also a semi-finalist last year, advanced when 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov withdrew due to a knee injury in the last 16 in the first set.

Sun made history for New Zealand with a three-set win over Emma Raducanu, dashing home hopes of ending a 47-year wait for a British women’s champion.

The 23-year-old, ranked 123rd qualifier triumphed over the winner of the 2021 US Open 6:2, 5:7, 6:2.

Sun went 52 to win against Raducanu, who took a medical timeout in the third set to treat his ankle and back.

“It was a great match against Emma. I dug really deep to win,” said Sun.

Sun will next face World No. 37 Donna Vekicc of Croatia, who won 6-2, 1:6, 6-4 against Spain’s Paula Badosa on the back of 33 winners.

Keys, the American 12th seed, was just one match away from her third quarter-final at the All England Club before she was forced to bow out against Paolini.

After losing the first set, Keys fought back to tie the game 3-6, 7-6 (8/6).

The 2017 US Open runner-up was then leading 5-2 in the final when he injured his left leg in the eighth game.

She took medical time out at 5-4, returning with her left leg bandaged, but with her movement severely restricted, crying openly on the court before giving up at 5-5.

“I feel very sorry for him, it’s sad,” said French Open second-ranked Paolini, who had never won on grass for two weeks.

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