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LONDON: World number two Coco Gauff was dispatched at Wimbledon on Sunday by fellow American Emma Navarro as Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner were firmly locked on a collision course in the semi-finals of the All England Club.

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

Elsewhere, unheralded Lulu Sun became the first New Zealand woman to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon, while Madison Keys bowed out of her last 16 clash in tears.

Navarro, ranked 19th, reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time with her defeat of US Open champion Gauff.

Gauff, who has reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and French Open this year, still needs to get past the last 16 at Wimbledon, the tournament where he made a breakthrough as a 15-year-old in 2019.

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

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

Only fourth champion in 2022 Elena Rybakina and world number seven Jasmine Paolini remain in the top 10 women.

Paolini will be Navarro’s opponent in the quarterfinals.

World number three Alcaraz defeated France’s 16th seed Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to reach his ninth Grand Slam quarter-final in only 14 appearances.

However, it was another uncomfortable afternoon for the Spaniard, who needed five sets to beat Frances Tiafoe in the third round.

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

The 21-year-old, who is aiming to become only the sixth man to win back-to-back French Open and Wimbledon titles, cruised through the first set under the center roof before crucially saving four break points in the fifth game of the second. .

Humbert came back, breaking the three-time champion in the third set, while Alcaraz came off the boil in spectacular fashion.

But Humbert surrendered a service break in the 11th game of the fourth set and Alcaraz took full advantage to quickly seal the tie.

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

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

On Court One, top seed Sinner advanced to the last 16 with a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (11/9) win over American top seed Ben Shelton.

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

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

Medvedev, also a semi-finalist last year, progressed when 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov retired in the first set of the round of 16 with a knee injury.

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

The 23-year-old qualifier, ranked 123rd, triumphed 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 over the 2021 US Open winner.

Sun hit 52 winners against Răducanu, who took a medical timeout in the third set to deal with ankle and back problems.

“It was a great match against Emma. We dug deep to get the win,” said Sun.

Sun will next face Croatia’s Donna Vekic, world number 37, who won 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 over Spain’s Paula Badosa behind 33 winners.

American 12th seed Keys was just one game away from a third quarter-final at the All England Club before she was forced to retire 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 was then trailing 5-2 in the decider when she suffered a left leg injury in the eighth game.

At 5-4, she took a medical break, returned with her left leg bandaged but with movement severely restricted, openly wept on the court before bowing out at 5-5.

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

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