The 19-year-old American star Coco Gauff, who won her first Grand Slam championship at the US Open in September, maintained her excellent form at the China Open by winning a record-breaking 16 consecutive games. Gauff defeated sixth-seeded Greek player Maria Sakkari in Beijing by a score of 6-2, 6-4 to go to the semifinals.
Gauff, currently ranked third in the world, will now face off against Iga Swiatek, the second-ranked player globally, in what promises to be an electrifying semifinal clash. Swiatek, the four-time major champion, showcased her resilience by staging a remarkable comeback from the brink of defeat in her quarterfinal match against Caroline Garcia. After Garcia came tantalizingly close to victory, Swiatek dug deep and triumphed with a hard-fought 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 victory.
In another notable match, world number one Aryna Sabalenka faced a surprising defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, with a final score of 7-5, 6-2. Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion, displayed exceptional performance, breaking Sabalenka twice in the second set.
Semi-Final Showdowns Await
She will now meet Liudmila Samsonova in the semifinals, with Samsonova securing her place in the last four by defeating Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia, 6-3, 6-2.
Coco Gauff’s remarkable winning streak, which is the longest on the WTA Tour in 2023, has been a testament to her exceptional skills and determination. Since her quarterfinal loss to Jessica Pegula at the Canadian Open in August, Gauff has been on an incredible run. She has claimed her first WTA 1000 title in Cincinnati and secured her maiden Grand Slam victory at the US Open, winning an impressive 21 out of 22 matches since her early exit at Wimbledon.
In her quarterfinal victory against Sakkari, Gauff showcased her prowess, needing only one hour and 20 minutes to advance to the next round without dropping her serve once.
Meanwhile, Swiatek’s path to the semifinals was marked by resilience and determination. After relinquishing her world number one ranking to Aryna Sabalenka following the Belarusian’s run to the US Open final, Swiatek faced a stern test in her quarterfinal match against Garcia. The Polish star overcame a spirited fightback by Garcia, who leveled the second-set tie-break at 5-5, before Swiatek clinched the victory, earning her place in the decider.
The semifinals promise to deliver thrilling tennis action as these top-ranked players compete for a coveted spot in the final showdown of the China Open.