April 22, 2024
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Linda Nosková caught the world’s attention when she fought back to beat world number one Iga Swiatek 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.

“I’m speechless,” said Nosková.

“I knew it was going to be an amazing match with the world number one but I didn’t really think it would end up like this.

“I’m just really glad to get through this round.”

Victory on Saturday means Nosková ended Swiatek’s 18-match unbeaten run, which stretched back to September.

Nosková has become the first teenager to beat a world number one at a Grand Slam since Petra Kvitova overcame Dinara Safina at the 2009 US Open.

The 19-year-old is playing in the main draw in Melbourne for the first time, having lost in qualifying last year as an 18-year-old.

In the same year, Nosková reached a career-high singles ranking by the WTA of world No. 41.

She attained the feat on 28 August 2023.

A year earlier, Nosková reached a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 160, on 3 October 2022.

In August 2022, she became the youngest player ranked in the world’s top 100.

Six months later, she became the youngest women’s tennis player in the top 50.

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