Iga Swiatek: World Number 1 Defeats Coco Gauff at the Internazionali BNL D'Italia in Rome - Latest Global News

Iga Swiatek: World Number 1 Defeats Coco Gauff at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia in Rome

World number 1 Iga Swiatek mercilessly defeated Coco Gauff to reach the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

Top-seeded Swiatek extended her winning streak to 11 games with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in an hour and 48 minutes over the reigning US Open champion.

Swiatek, who is trying to complete a clay double by winning the Madrid and Italian championships in a row, will face either runner-up Aryna Sabalenka or Danielle Collins in the final.

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Swiatek stunned the commentators after this remarkable victory in the duel with Gauff

Gauff may have beaten Swiatek in Cincinnati last summer, but the gap remains significant and despite a great start on the Italian clay, Gauff eventually conceded defeat as the Pole claimed her tenth win in 11 games against the 20-year-old.

“I just tried to be myself, focus on work and also enjoy my time off the field so I had the energy I needed,” Swiatek said Sky Sports Tennis.

“I’m happy to be playing so consistently because it means we’re doing everything well. I’m really proud of myself and the team.”

Asked if making tennis history gives her extra motivation, Swiatek replied: “Honestly, I don’t really think about it because it’s quite a lot. I just live my life day by day. I don’t think about it.” I think it’s easier this way to play more relaxed and free

“I’ll just try to play the best tennis possible in the final. If I take it easy and take it step by step, I think it will be better than if I’m already thinking about winning.”

Swiatek is ready to conquer Rome

25th final on tour

37 wins in 2024

11 wins in a row

Could be the first to win Madrid and Rome back-to-back since Serena Williams 11 years ago

Gauff, who lost to Swiatek in her first Grand Slam final at the French Open two years ago, fired everything and broke serve at the first opportunity.

She had two chances to make it 3-0 but couldn’t convert them and from then on the top seed started to take control and eventually won the first set when Gauff’s serve let her down.

The American fought hard to keep up with Swiatek in the second set and had a chance to get back to serve at 4-3, but was unable to capitalize and her challenge ended shortly afterwards.

Swiatek could now become only the third player in history to win the Madrid-Rome double, after Dinara Safina in 2009 and Serena Williams in 2013.

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Gauff thrilled the audience with an incredible lob at the start of her semi-final with Swiatek

“In the end it was like a dam breaking”

“Coco fought hard to stay in the game. In the end it was like a dam broke, the gaps started to show and Iga finally got through it,” British player Liam Broady continued Sky Sports Tennis.

“It’s just a testament to how relentless she is. She just goes on and on and on. Coco gave everything she had. She emptied the tank and it was a pretty clear result.”

“She’s unstoppable.”

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Annabel Croft and Naomi Broady believe Swiatek could improve on a grass surface as her speed of play is her biggest strength

“She’s pretty much unstoppable, or as unstoppable as can be,” Liam’s sister Naomi Broady said.

“She beats the best player in the world with another businesslike performance against a player trying to break into the top four in women’s football.”

Former British No.1 Annabel Croft added: “It’s breathtaking to watch her play. It’s like a masterclass in ball striking and the ability to play open spaces, open spaces and then hit a clean winner and become arguably the best athlete in the world.” Women’s football was stranded at times.

“It was just incredible to see tennis at that level.”

Story from the tape

Swiatek vs. Gauff: story from the tape

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