Coco Gauff topples No. 1 Iga Swiatek in Cincy semifinals

Coco Gauff topples No. 1 Iga Swiatek in Cincy semifinals

Aug 19, 2023; Mason, OH, USA; Coco Gauff (USA) reacts to winning the match over Iga Swiatek (POL) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center.
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Coco Gauff knocked off top seed and World No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 in the Western & Southern Open semifinals on Saturday in Mason, Ohio.

Gauff, 19, advanced to her first WTA 1000 final and defeated Swiatek for the first time in eight meetings, winning in two hours and 50 minutes.

The seventh-seeded Gauff will face either No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus or unseeded Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in Sunday’s final of the Cincinnati-area event.

Gauff had never previously won a set against Swiatek in their seven previous encounters, including a 6-4, 6-2 loss in their last match at the French Open quarterfinals.

Gauff overcame a 5-3 deficit in the opening set and raced to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak thanks to three unforced errors by Swiatek.

Swiatek fought off three match points in the final game before Gauff closed out the victory.

Gauff is going for her fifth career WTA singles title and second this month (Washington, D.C.).

—Field Level Media

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