Wimbledon: Iga Swiatek suffers absolutely shocking collapse and gets bounced in 3R

Swiatek has just exited Wimbledon after losing to Yulia Putintseva in the third round.

by Dzevad Mesic
Wimbledon: Iga Swiatek suffers absolutely shocking collapse and gets bounced in 3R
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World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has just crashed out of Wimbledon after suffering one of the most shocking collapses of her career and picking up a stunning loss to 35th-ranked Yulia Putintseva.

Swiatek, who made her first Wimbledon quarterfinal last year, saw her run at The Championships end in the third round this year after Putintseva handed her a 3-6 6-1 6-2 loss. 

At one point, Swiatek led by a set and she was tied with Putintseva to one game apiece at the start of the second set. Then, the top-seeded Pole basically shut down on the court - lost nine consecutive games - and pretty much looked lost during Putintseva's stunning run.

For Swiatek, this is history repeating itself - in 2022, the Pole was on a 37-match winning streak before losing to Alize Cornet in the Wimbledon third round. At this year's Wimbledon, the five-time Grand Slam champion was riding a 21-match winning streak before Putintseva ended that today in the third round.

Before today's match, Swiatek had four wins and zero losses versus Putintseva. 

Yulia Putintseva
Yulia Putintseva© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

What happened in the Swiatek and Putintseva match?

When the match started, Swiatek was the one putting pressure but she missed out on four break points in the second game. However, it didn't take long before the Pole went by a break, breaking Putintseva in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead.

Serving for the first set at 5-3, Swiatek faced break points for the first time in the match but managed to save three break points before converting her first set point.

At the start of the second set, both players routinely went through their service games. Then, Swiatek's downfall started as Putintseva claimed four breaks in a row and won nine consecutive games. 

In the fifth game of the third set, Swiatek was finally able to hold to one of her service games and stop Putintseva's astonishing run.

However, Putintseva remained unfazed as she served the following game to go 5-1 up before converting her third match point in the eighth game to complete her upset win over Swiatek and set up a Wimbledon round-of-16 meeting against Jelena Ostapenko. 

Wimbledon Iga Swiatek Yulia Putintseva