No.3 seed Coco Gauff added one other feather to her cap on the China Open, saving 4 set factors to battle previous No.16 seed Veronika Kudermetova 7-6(5), 6-2 within the third spherical. The end result prolonged her successful streak to fifteen — the longest on the Hologic WTA Tour this season up to now.
Gauff’s streak stretches again to her Montreal quarterfinal loss to Jessica Pegula firstly of August. Following that, she captured her maiden WTA 1000 title in Cincinnati after which was topped a Grand Slam champion for the primary time on the US Open. Since her Wimbledon first-round loss to Sofia Kenin, the 19-year-old has received 21 out of twenty-two matches.
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Gauff had beforehand been tied for the longest successful streak of the 12 months with Iga Swiatek, who received 14 in a row throughout Roland Garros, Unhealthy Homburg and Wimbledon. The joint third-longest streaks of 2023 belong to Aryna Sabalenka (13 straight throughout Adelaide 1, the Australian Open and Dubai) and Elena Rybakina (13 straight throughout Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami).
Gauff, who ended Tokyo champion Kudermetova’s personal six-match successful streak, advances to her eleventh quarterfinal of the 12 months, and seventh at WTA 1000 stage or above. She is going to face both No.6 seed Maria Sakkari or house hope Wang Xinyu.
How the match was received: Gauff made a swift begin, successful eight of the primary 9 factors after which saving two break factors to advance to a 3-0 lead.
However Kudermetova responded by successful 5 of the following six video games, a passage of play highlighted by a spectacular move to interrupt Gauff again within the fifth sport. The 26-year-old bought the higher of Gauff in plenty of high-octane rallies and took her momentum to the brink of the opening set, serving at 5-4, 40-0.
Kudermetova was unable to transform 4 set factors in that sport, leaking three unforced errors and a double fault. The following tiebreak featured edgy play from each, however two extra double faults from Kudermetova — the second at 5-5 — proved essential to Gauff stealing the set.
The American rolled within the second, by which she broke Kudermetova twice and didn’t face a break level herself, and wrapped up victory in 1 hour and 47 minutes. Gauff improves to 2-1 general towards Kudermetova, having beforehand misplaced to her 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 within the Doha quarterfinals in February, however edged her 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3) within the first spherical of Stuttgart in April.
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