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Tennis - Swiertek, Raducane, Kontaveit Expelled in Cincinnati

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World No. 1 Yiga Swirtek and reigning US Open champion Emma Radukanu were eliminated at Thursday's Cincinnati Open, while second-seeded Annette Kontavate ended her preparations for Flushing Meadows in Round 16.

Radukhanu, who had beaten former Grand Slam champions Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka in the previous two rounds, lost to American No. 7 seed Jessica Pegula 7-5, 6-4. , devastated.

Another American, Madison Keys, previously explained that Swiatek made it to the quarterfinals, his first victory over the incumbent world number one.

Swiatek saved his points in his four matches, but ended his second tournament in the North American swing in the best-16 stage after last week's Canadian Open. So far from the best.

Keys has failed to wrest a set off the pole in his last two matchups, but has been much calmer with his strokes with strong returns and grounds, scoring a 6-3 6-4 victory. It broke his five-time No. 1 ranking in the world.

"Obviously, we had some games where we had some match points, but I'm very happy to win," said Keyes, his 2019 Cincinnati champion.

"The last time I played her, she beat me so badly that I'm very happy to have it."

You'll face champion girlfriend Elena Rybakina. Elena Rybakina beat Alison Riske her Amritraj with her 6-2 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Wimbledon finalist and No. 5 seed Oz Her Jabbar was also sent off, led off by two-time major winner Petra Kvitova 6-1 4-6 6-0 .

Kvitova next faces Australia's Ajra Tomljanovic. Ajula Tomljanovic advanced to her WTA 1000 quarterfinals for the first time by beating Russian Veronika her Kudermetova 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-3.

"Restaurant is still open, so the Greater's gonna buy her five ice creams," she said after her previous game at 1:30 a.m. local time on Thursday. Tomljanovic, who was backing up, said.

The world No. 2 Kontaveit seemed to be in charge of the draw with Zhang Shuai when she won the first set in a canter, but her Chinese opponent dug deep, A stunning he claimed a 2-6 6-4 6-4 upset. .

8th seed Alina Sabalenka, who later faced Shelby Shel Rogers, advanced to the last eight. (Reporting by her Rohith Nair in Bangalore and his Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, edited by Ed Osmond/Peter Rutherford)