Miami: Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff suffer shock R16 defeats, Elena Rybakina progresses

Swiatek and Gauff bounced in the round-of-16 but Rybakina continues her Miami run.

by Dzevad Mesic
Miami: Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff suffer shock R16 defeats, Elena Rybakina progresses
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Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff are both out of the Miami Open early after suffering surprise defeats in the round-of-16, while Elena Rybakina progressed into the quarterfinal. 

On Monday, Swiatek - the 2022 Miami champion and the top-seeded player in this year's tournament - suffered a shock 4-6 2-6 loss to No. 14 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova. 

Meanwhile, No. 3 seed Gauff got bounced by Caroline Garcia as the 23rd-seeded Frenchwoman claimed a 6-3 1-6 6-2. Although it was clear that Garcia would be a very difficult and challenging opponent, Gauff losing was still a surprise considering how great the American was in the last couple of months, especially when playing in the United States. 

While it wasn't a great day at the office for Swiatek and Gauff, Rybakina didn't have such problems as she saw off 17th-seeded Madison Keys 6-3 7-5. 

By losing to Alexandrova, 22-year-old Swiatek's hopes of completing the Sunshine Double for the second time came to an end. 

Iga Swiatek
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For 20-year-old Gauff, the loss meant that she failed to make her first Miami quarterfinal. 

In the Miami quarterfinal, Rybakina will be taking on Maria Sakkari, while Alexandrova plays Jessica Pegula and Garcia takes on Danielle Collins. 

How Alexandrova upset Swiatek?

Swiatek didn't start the match well, getting broken in the very first game of the match. In the sixth game, Swiatek had a chance to get the break back but didn't convert her first break point chance as Alexandrova opened a 4-2 lead. 

In the seventh game, Alexandrova missed out on two break points and a chance to go up by a double break but one break of serve was enough for her as the Russian served out for the opener in the 10th game. 

After losing the first set, Swiatek served out the opening game of the second set before Alexandrova went on to claim back-to-back breaks and win the next five games for a 5-1 lead. Serving for the match in the eighth game, Alexandrova sealed the win.

Iga Swiatek
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How Garcia beat Gauff?

After claiming the first break of the match in the second game, Garcia firmly held on to her serve for the remainder of the first set as she didn't allow Gauff a single break point. 

Gauff bounced back big time at the start of the second set, winning the opening five games before serving out for a decider in the seventh game. 

Just when it seemed that Gauff had all the momentum and that she would go on to seal a comeback win, the American missed out on four break points in the first game of the third set and then also got broken in the following game. In the eighth game - with Garcia leading 5-2 and Gauff serving to stay in the match - the Frenchwoman broke the American again to complete her three-set win. 

Coco Gauff
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Rybakina overcomes Keys in two sets

Early in the match, Rybakina missed out on three consecutive break points in the second game but broke Keys in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead before closing out the first set in the following game. 

After winning the first set, Rybakina also broke Keys early in the second set and opened a 3-1 lead. Down by a set and a break, Keys didn't quit and she managed to get the break back in the sixth game. 

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina© Getty Images Sport - Al Bello

But blowing an early second-set break didn't impact Rybakina much, who broke Keys again in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead before realizing her first match point on her serve in the 12th game.

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