Coco Gauff has managed to reach her first-ever WTA 1000 event’s semifinal at the Italian Open 2021 after No.1 seed Ashleigh Barty walked over due to an arm injury concern. The Australian led American on the scoreboard (6-4, 2-1).
However, the 17-year-old was not happy with the previous match result, but she was delighted with her first three victories on Rome’s red dirt.
Gauff overcame Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, Greek Maria Sakkari in the three sets, while she upset Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets in the previous encounters.
“I’m very happy, especially with my first three matches. Those wins were great. It’s cool to make the semifinals,” Gauff said in the post-match interview.
Even though Gauff lost the opening set, she fired six perfect aces and saved nearly 72% breakpoints against the No.1 tennis player in the world.
World No.35 further added, “I felt like today, even though the first set didn’t go the way I wanted, I felt like I was bringing the energy from the start after every break. I think that’s something I think I did well today.”
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Coco Gauff continued, “I played Svitolina in Australia. Honestly, that match, even though the score didn’t say it, I felt like it was a high-quality match. She plays super well, so I know what I have to expect, the high intensity from the first point to the last.”
“Regarding Swiatek, she has excellent results on the clay. Obviously, she won French Open last year… so I think either/or it’s going to be a tough match,” she added.
Gauff eventually explained about the upcoming battle, “they are both fighters. They both have good results in Grand Slams and the 1000s, so I think it’s just going to come down to who wants it more. I’m going to try my best.”
Nevertheless, whether Coco Gauff will play the championship match in Rome or not, she will notch a new career-high in the next ranking update.