Gauff Streaks To 15 At Beijing; Sabalenka v Rybakina, Swiatek v Garcia

by Staff | October 5th, 2023, 2:51 pm
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Third-seeded Coco Gauff ran her win streak to 15 eliminating Tokyo champion Veronika Kudermetova 7-6(7-5), 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals in Beijing.

The 19-year-old Gauff broke the Russian five times including with Kudermetova serving 5-4 in the first with four set points.

“The end of this season for me, especially once you’re qualified [for the WTA Finals], I consider it bonus matches,” Gauff told the WTA. “That’s why the first two matches, I think I was disappointed in the way that I was playing. I think I was playing a little bit more tight, not going for my shots, not going for my serve. Today I was telling myself try to hit above 110, 115 as much as I could, be more aggressive.

“I feel like now that the pressure is off, now that the Grand Slam season is over and I’m qualified, I think this could be a good week to continue to work on things I need to work on. Today I think I approached the match like that. I wish I did it earlier.”

Gauff will now face Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals tomorrow. The Greek dismissed Wang Xinyu 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Sakkari leads Gauff 4-2 in their tour-level battles. Gauff came out ahead in their most recent meeting in the 2023 Washington final.

Aryna Sabalenka set an Australian Open rematch with Elena Rybakina. The world No. 1 Sabalenka defeated Italy’s Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 7-6(7-4) behind a 16-ace, 41-winner performance.

“Until 6-4, 3-1 in the second set, I was serving amazing, but then something happened,” Sabalenka said. “I didn’t adjust and I started missing my serves, gave her a chance to come back in the match.

“I’m happy I was able to win that second set and finish the match. I think she played really great tennis, and in those key moments, I showed my best tennis. That’s most important, and I’m happy with that.”

“It’s always great battles against Elena. I think I just have to focus on myself, play aggressive and just play my game,” Sabalenka said. “I know that I’ll have some chances to win this match. In the last match I lost, I got nervous a little bit and I rushed a little bit more. The key against Elena is just to stay calm, stay aggressive, and not over-rush things.”

Sabalenka leads Rybakina 4-1 in their tour-level encounters. Rybakina took their last collision in the 2023 Indian Wells final.

The 9th-seeded Caroline Garcia overcame Anhelina Kalinina of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-2. She’ll now take on Iga Swiatek.

Swiatek has won two of three tour-level encounters when facing Garcia. Swiatek was victorious in their last meeting in the Fort Worth Finals last year.

Also tomorrow, Liudmila Samsonova collides with No. 13 Jelena Ostapenko. Ostapenko has won two of three meetings but the Russian just won in Madrid.

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