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LONDON: World number two Coco Gauff was sent tumbling by American compatriot Emma Navarro at Wimbledon on Sunday as Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner were locked tight on the All England Club semi-final collision course.

Gauff’s 6-4, 6-3 loss in the fourth round means only two of the top 10 seeded women remain in the tournament.

Elsewhere, unheralded Lulu Sun became the first New Zealand woman to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon, while Madison Keys exited her final match at 16 in floods of tears.

The 19th-ranked Navarro reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time when she beat US Open champion Gauff.

Gauff, who reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and the French Open this year, has yet to get past the round of 16 at Wimbledon, where she broke through as a 15-year-old in 2019.

Her shock defeat followed the unexpected exit of world number one Iga Swiatek in the third round on Saturday.

“I think I played really aggressively. Coco is an amazing player and I have a lot of respect for her,” said Navarro.

Of the top 10 women, only the fourth champion from 2022 Elena Rybakina and world number seven Jasmine Paolini remained.

Navara’s quarter-final opponent will be Paolini.

World No. 3 Alcaraz beat 16th-seeded French player Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to advance to the Grand Slam quarterfinals for the ninth time in just 14 appearances.

But it was another frustrating afternoon for the Spaniard, needing five sets to see off Frances Tiafoe in the third round.

His erratic performance on Sunday saw him drop serve five times and commit an unusual 33 unforced errors.

The 21-year-old, looking to become only the sixth man to win the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back, eased away under the center court roof in the first set and saved four break points in the fifth game of the second match. .

Humbert came back and broke the champion three times in the third set as Alcaraz amazingly came to a boil.

However, Humbert served a break of serve in the 11th game of the fourth set and Alcaraz took full advantage to quickly seal the tie.

“I will be there and I will fight until the last ball,” said Alcaraz, who is seeking a fourth Grand Slam title.

Alcaraz will face American 12th seed Tommy Paul, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2.

On Court One, top-seeded Sinner advanced to the last eight with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (11/9) win over American 14th seed Ben Shelton.

Sinner, who won his first Slam title at the Australian Open this year, will face fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia for a place in the semi-finals in a rematch of their final in Melbourne.

“It was a difficult match, especially the third set. I had to keep saving set points,” said Sinner, a semifinalist in 2023.

Medvedev, who was also a semi-finalist last year, advanced when 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov retired in the first set of their last 16 tie with a knee injury.

Sun made New Zealand history with a three-set win over Emma Raducanu, dashing home hopes of ending a 47-year wait for a British women’s champion.

The 23-year-old qualifier in 123rd place triumphed 6:2, 5:7, 6:2 over the winner of the US Open from 2021.

Sun hit a 52-game winning streak against Raducanu, who took a medical timeout in the third set to treat ankle and back problems.

“It was a great match against Emma. I really dug deep to win,” said Sun.

Sun will next face Croatia’s Donna Vekic, the world No.37, who cruised to a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Paula Bados to lead the way with 33 winners.

American 12th seed Keys was just one match away from a third quarter-final at the All England Club before being forced out against Paolini.

After dropping the first set, Keys hit back to level the match at 3-6, 7-6 (8/6).

The 2017 US Open runner-up then took a 5-2 lead in the decider when she suffered a left leg injury in the eighth game.

At 5-4, she took a medical time-out, returned with her left leg bandaged, but with significantly limited movement on the court, openly wept and stopped at 5-5.

“I feel very sorry for her, it’s sad,” said French Open runner-up Paolini, who until two weeks ago had never won a match on grass.

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