Coco Gauff continues Auckland mastery to set up final with Elina Svitolina
Coco Gauff will defend her title in the Auckland Classic final against Elina Svitolina after beating her fellow American Emma Navarro in their semi-final.
Coco Gauff Dominates Semi-Final Match
Coco Gauff needed only 62 minutes to defeat Emma Navarro 6-3, 6-1 in their Auckland Classic semi-final.
Gauff has now won 18 straight sets and nine consecutive matches over two years in Auckland. She has only lost 15 games in four matches this year.
Her win last year in Auckland marked the start of a successful run that led to her winning her first major title at the US Open.
Gauff's Stellar Performance
Gauff dominated her match against Navarro with her powerful serve and ground shots. She delivered 10 aces in 12 games.
Her deep ground shots allowed her to approach the net and showcase her dominance with her powerful forehand.
"I'm just being aggressive with my serve and return," Gauff said. "I knew I had to be at my best to win."
Svitolina Advances with Medical Timeouts
Elina Svitolina, the second seed, overcame Wang Xiyu with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. However, she needed two medical timeouts to deal with a lower back injury.
Svitolina dropped her serve early in the match but fought back to claim the second set. She then called for another medical timeout before securing the win in the third set.
Despite the obstacles, Svitolina's determination and strong performance propelled her to the final.
Sabalenka to Face Rybakina in Brisbane Final
At the Brisbane International, Aryna Sabalenka beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 to secure her spot in the final against Elena Rybakina.
Sabalenka, who won the Australian Open last year, is looking to improve her 5-2 win-loss record against Rybakina. She aims to claim her first trophy of the season before defending her title at the Australian Open.
The final promises to be a thrilling match between two strong competitors, and Sabalenka is excited for the challenge.