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Swiatek crashes out of Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals

Swiatek crashes out of Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals

Poland's Iga Swiatek hits a return against Russia's Veronika Kudermetova during their women's singles quarter-final match on day five of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo September 29, 2023. ― AFP pic

TOKYO, Sept 29 ― Four-time Grand Slam champion Iga Swiatek crashed out of the quarter-finals at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo today, beaten by Russia's Veronika Kudermetova.

Kudermetova, ranked 19th, moves to the semi-finals after serving four aces and beating the world number two 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in 2 hours 21 minutes.

“My service worked really well today,” the 26-year-old said after the match.

“In the last game, I tried to focus that I need to play point, I don't need to hit the ace and I just need to put the serve in and try to play a rally,” she said.

Kudermetova will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 86th, tomorrow.

“It'll be an interesting and a very tough match,” Kudermetova said.

On Friday afternoon, world number four Jessica Pegula faces 26-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina, ranked 13th.

World number six Maria Sakkari and number 10 Caroline Garcia will face off in the evening.

Sakkari ended her four-year wait for a second WTA title at the Guadalajara Open last week, where she beat Garcia in the semi-finals enroute to lifting the trophy. ― AFP