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Upset Alert: Alexandrova shocks Swiatek, Garcia defeats Gauff in Miami fourth round tennis matches

Ekaterina Alexandrova ended Iga Swiatek’s quest for a second sweep of the Sunshine Double, defeating the World No.1 6-4, 6-2 in the Miami Open Round of 16. The victory is Alexandrova’s first career win over a reigning World No.1 and puts her into her third WTA 1000 quarterfinal.

A quarterfinalist in Miami last year, Alexandrova will face No.5 Jessica Pegula on Wednesday. Swiatek struggled to find any traction on Monday night, being broken three times despite serving at 71 per cent of her first serves in.

In another upset, No.23 seed Caroline Garcia of France moved into the Miami Open quarterfinals for the first time in her career with a gritty 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over No.3 seed and local hope Coco Gauff. This victory marked Garcia’s first win over a Top 10 player since the end of 2022.

Garcia beat four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in the previous round before ousting reigning US Open champion Gauff. Up next for Garcia is a player she has never defeated, Danielle Collins, who reached her third career Miami Open quarterfinal by defeating Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-2.

Two-time Miami Open semifinalist Jessica Pegula returned to the quarterfinals at Hard Rock Stadium with a 7-6(1), 6-3 win over fellow American Emma Navarro in Monday night’s fourth round. Pegula is the first American to reach three consecutive quarterfinals in Miami since Serena Williams (2012-15).


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