Iga Swiatek defeats Coco Gauff in straight sets in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Top-seeded Iga Swiatek cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Coco Gauff in Friday night’s quarterfinals at the WTA 500 Open in San Diego.

Gauff double faulted on the opening point and the result was seemingly never in doubt as Swiatek took control with his relentless, sharp-angled offensive attack in a rematch of the final of the this year’s Roland-Garros singles, won by the 21-year-old from Poland, 6-1, 6-3.

“I just kept my focus and I’m glad I stayed calm tonight,” Swiatek said. “It was one of those games where I felt in control from the first point.”

Played in soft, overcast conditions, the 65-minute contest was Swiatek’s fourth consecutive unbeaten victory over 18-year-old Gauff.

Swiatek, a soft hitter and deceptively powerful winner of the US Open and French Open this year, will next face fourth seed Jessica Pegula in one of Saturday’s semi-finals. Earlier Thursday, Pegula, a 27-year-old from Buffalo, beat unranked Madison Keys 6-4, 7-5 in an All-American game. In the other semi-final, Donna Vekic of Croatia, who defeated third seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1, faces American Danielle Collins, who eliminated second seed Paula Badosa of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-4.

“We always play great physical matches, so I can’t wait to play Jessica,” said Swiatek, who admitted to persistent jet lag since flying from the Czech Republic to San Diego last Sunday.

“I’m waiting to see the sun here, because I’m still not very tanned,” said Swiatek, who lost a three-set final to Barbora Krejcikova in Ostrava last weekend.

Against Gauff, the crowd favorite despite a small group of fans dressed in Polish outfits, Swiatek won the first eight games, breaking Gauff four times in a row before the American won her opener, holding serve at 2-1 .

Swiatek’s dominance included nearly error-free groundstrokes that forced Gauff to a total of 26 unforced errors.

“I lost to her so many times, and I just didn’t get her today,” Gauff said. “Every time I play it, I learn a lot, so I overplayed some shots which made me make more mistakes.”

The $757,900 San Diego WTA 500 Open continues through Sunday at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

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