Iga Swiatek showcased her tennis prowess by ending Coco Gauff‘s impressive 16-match winning streak, securing her spot in the China Open final. In a dominant performance, second-ranked Swiatek defeated Gauff with a scoreline of 6-2, 6-3, highlighting her exceptional skills on the court on Saturday, snapping her 16-match winning run and advancing to the China Open championship match. It was the 19-year-old Gauff’s first defeat since the Montreal quarterfinals, a stretch that also saw victories at Flushing Meadows and Cincinnati.
The No. 22-ranked Liudmila Samsonova, who defeated Elena Rybakina, the fifth-seeded player, 7-6 (7), 6-3, will face Swiatek in the final on Sunday. With just four unforced errors in the opening set, the Polish player applied sustained pressure to Gauff’s service and made a crucial break at 3-1 to finish the match in only 40 minutes. Swiatek kept a tight hold on the match, breaking Gauff to take a 2-0 lead in the second set. Also read: Eugenie Bouchard Reveals Her New Boyfriend, making It Official
“I’m really happy with my performance,” Swiatek said. “It feels like I can play freely again, so I’m really happy. It’s been a while since I felt that way. So, I’ll remember for the rest of my career that even though tougher times may come, in your mind, you can always overcome that. And with hard work, you can achieve it.”
Samsonova won in straight sets to go to her second WTA 1000 final of the year while maintaining her perfect record against Rybakina.
The opening set proceeded to a tiebreak when the Russian player made the initial break to take a 5-4 lead. However, she quickly gave up the advantage. On her third chance, Samsonova ultimately won the set. Samsonova, who had 33 winners, made the key break to take the second set, 5-4, and served out the victory in one hour and forty minutes. Also read: Who Is Catherine McNally Boyfriend? Is She Married Or Not?
Swiatek, who is ranked second in the world, demonstrated her remarkable talent and composure in this match, ultimately overcoming her opponent’s impressive run. This victory was a testament to Swiatek’s ability to perform under pressure and solidified her status as one of the top players in women’s tennis.