BEIJING — No.2 Iga Swiatek snapped US Open champion Coco Gauff’s 16-match win streak after defeating the World No.3 6-2, 6-3 within the semifinals of the China Open. The win boosted Swiatek into her third WTA 1000 closing of the season and seventh closing of the yr.
Gauff had not misplaced a match since her title run in Cincinnati in August. Her 16-match win streak was the longest win streak of her profession and the longest by an American teenager since Serena Williams additionally gained 16 matches in 1999.
“I am actually pleased with my efficiency,” Swiatek mentioned on courtroom. “It looks like I can play freely once more, so I am actually pleased. It has been some time since I felt that approach. So I will bear in mind for the remainder of my profession that although more durable instances could come, in your thoughts, you possibly can at all times overcome that. And with onerous work, you possibly can obtain it.
“I am pleased that I switched my angle after US Open, and hopefully I will be capable of preserve it for so long as doable.”
As she bids to seize her first WTA 1000 title of the season and a tour-leading fifth title of the yr, Swiatek will face both No.5 Elena Rybakina or No.22 Liudmila Samsonova in Sunday’s closing.
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Saturday’s semifinal was the ninth profession assembly between Swiatek and Gauff, probably the most conferences for both participant towards any opponent. Gauff notched her first win in eight conferences over Swiatek throughout her win streak. That victory got here within the Cincinnati semifinals over the summer season. Earlier than that loss, Swiatek had gained the primary 14 units they performed.
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How the match was gained: Coming off a resilient three-set victory over Caroline Garcia within the quarterfinals, Swiatek picked up the place she left off. She didn’t face a break level within the opening set, dominating Gauff from the service line and the baseline. After firing a return winner to earn the primary break of the match at 3-1, Swiatek eased via the set to take it after 40 minutes.
Swiatek hit simply 4 unforced errors within the first set, protecting constant strain on Gauff’s service video games. The American gained simply 27 % of her second serve factors. In distinction, Swiatek misplaced simply 4 factors in her personal service video games.
Swiatek didn’t relinquish her momentum within the second set. She broke instantly and consolidated her result in 2-0. After holding serve to shut the sport to 2-1, Gauff referred to as a medical timeout to have her proper shoulder assessed. Swiatek held at love when play resumed, extending her result in 3-1. She landed 95 % of her first serves within the second set and methodically closed out the match.
Ultimate stats: Swiatek completed the match with 17 winners to six unforced errors. Serving at 75 % for the match, she didn’t face a single break level. Actually, Swiatek misplaced a complete of simply eight factors on her serve within the match.
Gauff completed the match with 12 winners to fifteen unforced errors.
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