Iga Swiatek Breaks Gauff’s Unbeaten Run, Advances to China Open Final

In a sensational showdown at the China Open, world number two Iga Swiatek put an end to US Open champion Coco Gauff’s remarkable 16-match winning streak, adding another thrilling chapter to her extraordinary year.

Swiatek, who has been relentlessly pursuing her fifth title of the season, showcased her prowess on the court, leaving spectators in awe as she clinched a convincing 6-2, 6-3 victory. Gauff, the talented teenage sensation, faced adversity in the form of a shoulder injury during the second set, further tipping the scales in Swiatek’s favor.

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Swiatek’s triumphant journey through the semi-finals sets the stage for an electrifying showdown in the China Open final, where she is poised to clash with Russian standout Liudmila Samsonova.

In a surprising turn of events, Samsonova currently ranked 22nd in the world, secured her spot in the championship match by overcoming the fifth-seeded Elena Rybakina in a fiercely contested battle, ultimately prevailing with a scoreline of 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

Swiatek dominated her match from the start. She did not allow 19-year-old Gauff a breakpoint in the opening set and maintained the momentum in the second.

This triumph catapults Swiatek into her third WTA 1000 final of the season, marking her seventh appearance in a final match this year. Her relentless pursuit of excellence and consistent success on the tennis circuit highlight her status as one of the sport’s rising stars.

American Gauff had beaten her for the first time in eight meetings in the semi-finals in Cincinnati earlier this summer during her winning streak – the longest of her career so far – but never looked like repeating the feat.

Swiatek enjoying instinctive tennis once again

“I was feeling [the injury] in the first set,” Gauff admitted. “It’s definitely a new experience. I’m not used to playing with pain in general.

“When you’re experiencing pain… your whole mind starts thinking, ‘Is it serious? Should I keep playing or not?'”

Swiatek’s victory marked the first time Gauff had been defeated since Jessica Pegula secured a hard-fought three-set win in the quarter-finals of the Montreal tournament back in August.

“I’m really happy with my performance,” she 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.”

“I’m happy that I switched my attitude after the US Open, and hopefully I’ll be able to keep it for as long as possible.”

Dominic Spinley

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