Iga Swiatek’s win streak snapped at Wimbledon; Coco Gauff eliminated

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Alize Cornet of France snapped Iga Swiatek‘s 37-match win streak in the third round of Wimbledon, handing the world No. 1 her first defeat since February.

Cornet, a 32-year-old playing her 62nd consecutive major dating to 2007, beat Poland’s Swiatek 6-4, 6-2 to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in eight years. Cornet said afterward that the victory reminded her of her 2014 Wimbledon third round upset of then-No. 1 Serena Williams, also on Court 1.

“This court is a lucky charm for me,” she said. “If there is a moment you can beat [Swiatek], it’s now, on grass. She feels a little less comfortable than on other surfaces.”

Swiatek had matched the WTA’s longest win streak in 32 years, tying Martina Hingis‘ run of 37 in a row in 1997 before Hingis was upset by Iva Majoli in the French Open final. Steffi Graf won 66 consecutive matches in 1989-90.

Cornet committed just seven unforced errors to Swiatek’s 33. Swiatek was lacking confidence on grass, having not played a tournament since winning the French Open on clay last month.

“I didn’t play good tennis,” said Swiatek, who won the 2018 Wimbledon junior title and in the main draw has a best finish of a fourth round appearance last year. “I was pretty confused about my tactics.

“The thing that I changed this season is I started being more and more aggressive. It was really comfortable for me to have the initiative and be proactive. But here I couldn’t control the ball.”

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Earlier Saturday, Amanda Anisimova outlasted Coco Gauff in an all-American clash, reaching the fourth round.

Anisimova, who reached the 2019 French Open semifinals at age 17, took out Gauff, the French Open runner-up to Swiatek last month, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1.

“It’s the most special day, I think, of my career,” said Anisimova, noting it was her first match on Centre Court.

The 20th seed will be favored against 115th-ranked Frenchwoman Harmony Tan on Monday for a place in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Anisimova, who bounced back after squandering a 4-1 lead in the first-set tiebreak, made the fourth round of all three majors so far this year. She can reach her first major quarterfinal since that 2019 French Open breakthrough.

Tan, who knocked out Serena Williams in her Wimbledon main draw debut, swept Brit Katie Boulter on Saturday.

Gauff, who is 18, seeded 11th and the youngest woman in the top 140 of the world rankings (by more than one year), struggled to win points on her first serve. The powerful Anisimova more often dictated and prevailed despite having 40 unforced errors to 26 winners.

Gauff was bidding to reach the Wimbledon fourth round for a third consecutive time dating to her Cocomania debut in 2019 at age 15.

Brandon Nakashima and Taylor Fritz joined Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe in the men’s fourth round, the most American men to get that far in a major since the 2011 U.S. Open and at Wimbledon since 1999.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins Beaver Creek downhill

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his second straight World Cup downhill race to start the season, despite feeling under the weather.

Although dealing with an illness all week in training, Kilde powered through the challenging Birds of Prey course Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 42.09 seconds. It was enough to hold off Marco Odermatt of Switzerland by 0.06 seconds. James Crawford of Canada was third to earn his second career World Cup podium finish.

Kilde also won the opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It’s been a tough week,” Kilde said after the race. “I caught the flu in Lake Louise after a very, very nice weekend. It really hit me hard. Then I got a couple of days to rest and take it easy. … I felt OK. Still feeling it a little bit in my system.”

The Beaver Creek crew members had the course in solid shape a day after a downhill race was canceled due to high wind and snowfall.

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Kilde reached speeds around 75 mph in picking up his eighth World Cup downhill victory. That tied him with Kjetil Jansrud for the third-most downhill wins in the World Cup discipline among Norwegian men. The total trails only Aksel Lund Svindal (14) and Lasse Kjus (10).

“I found a really, really good set-up with my equipment and also with my skiing,” Kilde explained. “I believe in myself. I trust in myself. I have a good game plan. When I stand on the start, I don’t dwell on anything. I know that this plan is what I do and when I do that it’s going to be fast.”

Odermatt has been on the podium in all four World Cup races this season as he tries to defend his overall World Cup title. The 25-year-old finished third in the opening downhill of the season last weekend. He’s also won a giant slalom race and a super-G.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle wound up in seventh place for the top American finish. He was ninth in the downhill in Lake Louise.

“It’s been solid,” Cochran-Siegle said of his strides in the discipline. “A couple of little things here and there that pushed me off that top three. You have to ski with a lot of intensity and ski without abandon, in a sense. Today was a good step.”

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, who won the Olympic downhill gold medal at the Beijing Games last February, tied for ninth.

The Beaver Creek stop on the circuit comes to a close Sunday with a super-G race. Odermatt will be the favorite after holding off Kilde in the opening super-G last weekend.

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Summer McIntosh, Canadian teen swimmer, caps record year with another historic time

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Summer McIntosh swam the fourth-fastest 400m individual medley in history on Friday, capping a year that already included world titles, Commonwealth Games titles and a victory over Katie Ledecky.

McIntosh, a 16-year-old Canadian whose mom swam at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, won the 400m IM in 4 minutes, 28.61 seconds at the U.S. Open in Greensboro, N.C. She prevailed by a Ledecky-like 13.24 seconds, breaking her own national record that was previously the fourth-fastest time in history.

“It’s still pretty early in the season, so I didn’t really know what to expect going into it,” she said on Peacock.

The only two women who ever went faster in the event known as the decathlon of swimming are Olympic gold medalists: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (world record 4:26.36 and 4:28.58) and China’s Ye Shiwen (4:28.43).

McIntosh has come a long way in a short time. Three years ago, she put all her eggs in the 1500m freestyle basket, thinking it was her best shot to merely qualify for the Tokyo Games in 2020. The one-year Olympic postponement was a blessing.

The rapidly improving McIntosh swam three individual events in Tokyo with a top finish of fourth in the 400m free, just missing becoming the youngest swimming medalist since 1996. She then told her coach she wanted to become an IMer.

At this past June’s world championships, McIntosh won two of the most grueling events — 400m IM and 200m butterfly — to become the youngest individual world champion since 2011. She also took silver to Ledecky in the 400m free, an event in which she later beat Ledecky in a short-course meet (25-meter pool rather than the 50-meter pool used for the Olympics).

A month after worlds, McIntosh swept the IMs at the Commonwealth Games, where she broke more world junior records and again took second in the 400m free (this time to Olympic champ and world record holder Ariarne Titmus of Australia).

McIntosh, who turned professional last year, now trains full-time in Sarasota, Florida, where she rents a house with her mom, Jill Horstead, who was ninth in the 200m fly at the 1984 Olympics (McIntosh, whose passions include the Kardashians and plants from Target, has seen video of her mom winning the B final at those Games). They’re a three-hour drive down Interstate 75 from Ledecky’s base in Gainesville.

Also Friday, Erin Gemmell celebrated her 18th birthday by nearly becoming the first American to beat Ledecky in a 200m freestyle in nearly nine years. Ledecky won by 42 hundredths of a second in 1:56.74 and said she had an off-day while also praising Gemmell, the daughter of her former coach.

NBC airs U.S. Open highlights on Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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