No.3 seed Coco Gauff prolonged her profitable streak to 16 within the China Open quarterfinals, defeating No.6 seed Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-4 and establishing a marquee semifinal showdown with No.2 seed Iga Swiatek.
Streak stats: US Open champion Gauff’s 16-match profitable streak is the longest by any participant on the Hologic WTA Tour this season. It’s also the longest by a teen since Bianca Andreescu gained 17 in a row between Roland Garros and Beijing in 2019, and longest by an American teenager since Serena Williams compiled two separate 16-match streaks in 1999.
Gauff is the fifth teenager this century to win 16 or extra consecutive tour-level matches, following Kim Clijsters (17 straight between Luxembourg 2002 and the Australian Open 2003), Nicole Vaidisova (18 straight between Seoul and Philadelphia 2005), Maria Sharapova (19 straight between the US Open and WTA Finals 2006) and Andreescu.
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Gauff levelling up towards fellow prime gamers: The 19-year-old American advances to her seventh semifinal of 2023, and fourth at WTA 1000 stage or above. Since Eastbourne, Gauff has gained seven of her eight matches towards Prime 10 opposition; previous to the grass swing, she had misplaced seven straight towards Prime 10 gamers.
Swiatek reels in Garcia
Gauff will face four-time main champion Swiatek for the ninth time on Saturday. Having didn’t win a set from the Pole of their first seven conferences, Gauff ignited the rivalry with a 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4 win the Cincinnati semifinals in August.
Sakkari out of WTA Finals rivalry: The Greek participant can not qualify instantly for the WTA Finals Cancun. At the moment No.9 within the Race, Sakkari had been making a late cost to grab one of many final obtainable spots, claiming her first WTA 1000 title in Guadalajara two weeks in the past. A semifinal run right here would have saved the 28-year-old’s probabilities alive, however she will be able to solely now compete in Cancun if a participant forward of her withdraws or as an alternate.
How Gauff defeated Sakkari: The consequence was Gauff’s second straight-sets defeat of Sakkari this yr, having additionally overwhelmed her 6-2, 6-3 within the Washington last. Previous to 2023, Gauff had misplaced 4 of her 5 encounters with Sakkari.
The important thing components this time spherical had been the power of Gauff’s serve, notably her second supply, and Sakkari’s incapacity to discover a method by means of her protection. Gauff landed 65% of her first serves and dropped solely 5 factors behind it, however her second — on which she conceded simply six factors — was nearly as efficient, and he or she didn’t should face a break level in the complete match. In contrast, Sakkari gained 70% of the factors behind her first serve, however solely 40% behind her second.
As soon as within the rallies, Sakkari solely not often discovered a solution to get the ball previous Gauff. In a one-sided first set, she tallied 14 unforced errors to 5 winners; although she performed with extra persistence within the second, her ratio was nonetheless within the detrimental with 12 unforced errors to 10 winners. In the meantime, Gauff performed a watertight match, putting 16 winners to fifteen unforced errors total.
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