Swiatek sweeps Gauff to semis in San Diego

World No.1 Iga Swiatek outclassed Coco Gauff 6-0, 6-3 on Friday and qualified for the semi-finals of the WTA 500 tournament in San Diego, where she will face another American, Jessica Pegula. Swiatek needed just over an hour (65 minutes) to defeat the 18-year-old No. 8 in the world. The 21-year-old Polish has won her four confrontations against Gauff – the last one was in the Roland-Garros final in June. And with this 62nd victory of the year, a record on the WTA circuit, she is looking for the 11th title of her career, her 8th in 2022. In San Diego, the Pole, who prances at the top of the WTA rankings, will face in demi Pegula (6th in the world), who for her part defeated her compatriot Madison Keys 6-4, 7-5. In their head-to-head matches, Swiatek leads 3-1, having only lost their first encounter, in 2019. “I’m quite happy that we’re playing against each other because it’s a test for me. my level – she’s really, really strong,” said Swiatek. “Our matches are always physical and very tight. Even if there are sometimes river scores, you can see during the matches that we always have ties and that each point can count”.

Jessica Pegula was also admiring the level of her future opponent. Iga Swiatek is “super athletic, aggressive, she defends really well… She really does everything at a high level,” she noted. In another quarter-final, Donna Vekic, the world’s 77th qualifying player, upset world No. 5, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6- 1, in 2h37. The Croatian will face in the semi-final another surprise guest, the American Danielle Collins, who beat 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 the Spaniard Paula Badosa, yet seeded N.2. In the first round, Collins had dismissed in two sets the French Caroline Garcia, world No.10 and recent semi-finalist of the US Open. She still hasn’t lost a set since.