Coco Gauff into China Open quarters as winning streak hits 15



Coco Gough Saved four set points before defeating the 16th seed Veronika Kudermatova 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the third round of the China Open on Thursday.

The win extended the third-ranked American’s winning streak to 15 matches, the longest on the WTA Tour this season and a span that includes the Cincinnati title and her US Open victory last month.

“I’m really happy with how I managed,” Goff said. “I had trouble finding the way I wanted to play in these conditions. I felt like the ball was flying in the first match and playing passively in the second. I’m really happy with the way I was able to solve problems and problem-solve. I played a good match overall today. “

The sixth seed will face Goff in the quarterfinals Maria Sakkariwho defeated the local favourites Wang Jinyu 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

“I think he’s probably one of the most athletic players on tour, so I think it’s going to be tough,” Goff said of Sakkari.

Kudermetova was leading 5-4, 40-0 in the first set. The 26-year-old Russian had four set points in that game but was unable to convert.

Prior to this, the ninth seed Caroline Garcia the beating Anhelina Kalinina 6-3, 6-2 and will later play the second seed Iga Swiatek.

Top-seeded Arina Sabalenka A passionate defeat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 7-6 (4) to set up a meeting with the former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Sabalenka hit 13 aces in the first set, but the 36th-ranked Italian came back from 3-1 down twice in the second set at 5-4 and 6-5.

Sabalenka has a 4-1 record against the Kazakh player, most notably defeating him in the final of the Australian Open before losing their last meeting in the Indian Wells title clash.

“It’s always a great fight against Elena. I think I just have to focus on myself, play aggressively and just play my game,” Sabalenka said. “I know I’ll have some chances to win this match. In the last match I lost, I was a little nervous and I rushed a little too much. The key against Elena is to stay calm, stay aggressive and “don’t overdo it.”

Shanghai Masters

Gregoire Barrere the beating Nuno Borges 6-2, 6-2 against the top seed in the first round of the Shanghai Masters Carlos Alcaraz.

Stefano NapolitanoWho made the main draw after qualifying opponents Mark Polmans It defaulted to the chair umpire hitting the ball in the face, losing the qualifier Babyt Zhukaev 7-5, 7-5.

Other winners included Rinky Hijikata, Lorenzo Sonego, Alexander Vukic, Arthur Phils, Mikhail Kukushkin And Seng Chun-sin.

Top 32 seeded players including Alcaraz and Daniil MedvedevReceived a bye in the first round and will play in the second round on Saturday.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.



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