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Swiatek Dominates Gauff in San Diego Rematch of Roland Garros Ultimate

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World No. 1 Iga Swiatek dismissed Coco Gauff in a San Diego Open rematch of the Roland Garros remaining. Photograph credit score: San Diego Open

By Richard Osborn

SAN DIEGO (October 14, 2022) — High seed Iga Swiatek of Poland, the primary girl to eclipse the 60-win mark in half-a-decade, continued her profitable methods on a cool Friday evening at Barnes Tennis Heart, asserting her dominance towards American Coco Gauff, 6-0, 6-3, to succeed in the San Diego Open WTA 500 semifinals.

The world No. 1 improved to 4-0 towards the sixth seeded Gauff, her final win coming this spring after they squared off within the Roland Garros remaining.

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“I am simply actually glad that I might preserve my focus,” stated Swiatek, who’s chasing a tour-best eighth title on the 12 months. “Generally when it is going so properly it is onerous to maintain your focus and play the identical type of tennis. I used to be actually composed and actually environment friendly right now.”

Swiatek will subsequent face Gauff’s doubles companion, Jessica Pegula, on Semifinal Saturday in America’s Best Metropolis. The 21-year-old has defeated the top-ranked American in straight units on three events in 2022, most lately within the US Open quarterfinals.

Maybe spurred by her two-pronged qualification for the year-end WTA Finals — the primary American to take action in each singles and doubles since Venus and Serena Williams in 2009 — Pegula is into her fourth semifinal of 2022. The fourth seed prevailed in a first-time assembly with countrywoman Madison Keys, 6-4, 7-5.

Jessica Pegula. Photograph credit score: San Diego Open.

“It was actually tough. She’s received loads of energy, actually good serve, actually good kick-serve,” stated Pegula, 28. “After I received damaged, I simply wished to remind myself to maintain being aggressive, as a result of I knew if I let her dictate the factors , it is not going to go very properly. I simply tried to step in on my returns and belief my pictures.

Qualifier Donna Vekic is relishing her position as spoiler this week. Not solely has the 77th-ranked Croatian gained three consecutive tour-level matches for the primary time in 2022, she’s accomplished so towards a few of the WTA’s best possible. Following up on her upsets of fifth seed Maria Sakkari and Twenty second-ranked Karolina Pliskova, the 26-year-old upended third seed Aryna Sabalenka in two hours and 36 minutes, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1, to succeed in her fist semifinal since she captured the Courmayeur crown a 12 months in the past.

It marked Vekic’s fifth win in six profession encounters with Sabalenka, which features a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) choice final 12 months on the Tokyo Olympics.

“This was most likely one of many 5 hardest matches of my profession,” stated Vekic, who now owns 10 wins over High-10 opponents. “It was extraordinarily robust on the market. I believed she performed nice, serving massive. I used to be attempting to assault her second serve, and even within the rallies tried to get on high of factors. It is positively not simple towards her.”

Sabalenka, who was enjoying her first event since reaching the US Open semifinals final month, has now performed 25 three-set matches on the 12 months, tied with Belinda Bencic for probably the most on tour. She a lot performed of the match together with her proper calf taped.

Might Vekic pull off one other upset when she takes on American Danielle Collins, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 quarterfinal winner over No. 2 seed Paula Badosa of Spain? She hasn’t confronted the fiery former UVA star, ranked No. 19, since 2018 in Miami, the place she suffered a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 defeat within the second spherical.

Collins, who made her High-10 debut in January after reaching her maiden Grand Slam remaining on the Australian Open, overcame 10 double faults to advance.
“It is nice seeing Donna again wholesome and enjoying actually good tennis,” stated Collins. “She has a giant recreation, loads of weapons. I am going to simply should attempt to play my finest.”

SEEING DOUBLE(S): PEGULA/GAUFF TEAM UP ON SEMIFINAL SATURDAY

A pair of doubles semifinals will bookend the singles semifinals on Saturday at Barnes Tennis Heart, with the motion getting underway at midday. The pairing of American Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Australian Elle Perez will kick issues off towards Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Mexican Giuliana Olmos.

Individuals Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, having already certified for the upcoming WTA Finals in Fort Value, will cap the day session after they face Southern Californian (Palm Desert) Desirae Krawczyk and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands.

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Outcomes — Friday, Oct. 14

QF- [4] D. Krawczyk (USA) / D. Schuurs (NED) d. A. Guarachi (CHI) / A. Klepac (SLO) 75 46 10-5
QF- [3] N. Melichar-Martinez (USA) / E. Perez (AUS) d. [SR] S. Sanders (AUS) / L. Stefani (BRA) 61 61
QF- [1] I. Swiatek (POL) d. [6] C.Gauff (USA) 60 63
QF- [4] J. Pegula (USA) d. Mr. Keys (USA) 64 75
QF- [Q] D. Vekic (CRO) d. [3] A. Sabalenka 64 67(5) 61
QF – D. Collins (USA) d. [2] P. Badosa (ESP) 76(5) 64



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