The dream quarterfinal between Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff was set yesterday at the WTA 500 event in San Diego.
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek opened play at the event taking on 20-year-old Qinwen Zheng. Zheng was the lone player to take a set off Swiatek at the French Open and again on Thursday she did the same, pushing the 3-time Slam winner in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 defeat.
Zheng had a chance to go up 2-0 in the decider before Swiatek ran off six straight games.
“Qinwen, she has a different game style because she’s playing topspin on her forehand and the ball is flying pretty high,” Swiatek said after her 61st win of 2022. “So today I had to adjust to that.
“But overall, the first matches of any tournament is about adjusting to the conditions we have here.”
Gauff eased past former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The Canadian led Gauff 2-0 in the third with points for 3-0. But failed to hold off the American teen who rose up to victory and set the French Open final rematch.
Swiatek has won all three meetings with Gauff, all in straight sets including the French Open final 6-1, 6-3.
Aryna Sabalenka rallied from a set down to defeat Sloane Stephens 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. She’ll now face the upset-minded Donna Vekic.
Madison Keys knocked out Daria Kasatkina to set a date with American No. 1 Jessica Pegula. And No. 2 seed Paula Badosa rolled past Louisa Chirico 6-0, 6-3. She’ll now face Danielle Collins tonight.
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