Coco Gauff advanced to the Cincinnati Open women’s singles final with a 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-4 win over world No. 1 Iga Svitek on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know:
The win was Gauff’s first career head-to-head win over Swiatek. With the win, Gauff reached her first WTA 1000 final. Her previous best results in the WTA 1000 were semifinals at the Italian Open (2022) and the Qatar Open (2023). Gauff will play Karolina Muchova in the final. Muchova, playing in her first WTA 1000 final, defeated reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2.
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Going into Saturday’s match, Gauff had lost seven of his matches against Switek. The 19-year-old American lost all 14 sets against Switek.
That changed in the semifinals of the Cincinnati Open when Gauff took the opening set 7-6 (2) after saving two set points. Swiatek responded in the second set with a 6-3 win.
At 3-3 in the third, Gauff recorded his first service break to go up 4-3. Gauff faces a break point while serving for the match at 5-4. The teenager missed a break from Swiatek on his way to close out the game.
The gaffer’s run in Cincinnati continues with a stellar stretch of tennis rocking the summer court. After losing in the first round at Wimbledon, Gauff won the Washington City Open, her first WTA 500. At the National Bank Open in Montreal, Gauff lost a hard-fought quarterfinal match against American Jessica Pegula.
With a win Sunday, Gauff will have five WTA Tour titles.
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