- Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek have advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Finals.
- Gauff will face Jessica Pegula, and Swiatek will face Aryna Sabalenka.
- Gauff is the first teenager to reach the championship round of the WTA Finals.
The victor of the US Open, Coco Gauff, defeated Marketa Vondrousova of Wimbledon to advance to the semifinals of the WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico, which concluded the season.
After defeating the Czech 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3, the 19-year-old advances to the final four where she will face Jessica Pegula, a fellow American and partner in doubles.
Iga Swiatek of Poland defeated Ons Jabeur 6-1 6-2 to secure her place in the semi-final.
She will now take on Aryna Sabalenka, the top-ranked player, who secured her advancement by defeating Elena Rybakina 6-2 3-6 6-3.
After defeating Vondrousova, Gauff became the first teenage player to reach the championship round since 2009’s Caroline Wozniacki.
“In the wind, it’s tough to be as aggressive as you want, because the bounces are weird and the ball was moving,” Gauff said.
“So I’m glad I made that adjustment and didn’t get too frustrated when I missed. You pay the price for hopefully a good reward.”
After the last round of matches in their group, Vondrousova and Tunisian world no. 7 Jabeur were eliminated due to their defeats.
If Swiatek defeats the Belarusian and wins the tournament, she might replace Sabalenka as the top-ranked woman in the women’s division.
“We’ll see what the conditions are going to be,” Swiatek said. “Against Aryna it’s never easy. I’m just going to do my best and focus on myself and what I want to do on court.
“We usually have these matches that are really exciting and really tough, both mentally and physically.”
Play versus Rybakina was halted at 23:40 local time on Thursday due to inclement weather, with Sabalenka leading 6-2 3-5.
After play was resumed, the Kazakh tied the match in two minutes, but Sabalenka went on to win 6-2 3-6 6-3.
“I didn’t really think a lot about this match,” she told Tennis Channel.
“I was just like, whatever. I’m going to go out there and do everything I can and if I win, I win and if I lose, I go home on vacation.
“I was just trying to play as good as I can.”
The group champion Pegula joined the Belarusian in the semi-finals. If they win, Pegula will keep the top spot in the world rankings.
Rybakina and Greek player Maria Sakkari, ranked eighth, were removed from their group.
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