Iga Swiatek’s bakery returns to business as Coco Gauff admits world No. 1 makes you ‘overplay’


Even jet lag couldn’t stop Iga Swiatek from producing another clinical display as she roared past Coco Gauff to book her spot in the San Diego Open semi-finals.

Following his run to the Ostrava Open final on Sunday, Swiatek had to rush from Europe to Southern California to compete in the WTA 500 event.

And she looked a little tired as she needed three sets to beat Zheng Qinwen in the second round, but she had no such problems in the last eight as she only took 65 minutes to dispatch Gauff. 6-0, 6-3.

She is now two wins away from claiming her eighth title of the 2022 season as she sits 20 bagel sets for the season.

The world No.1 broke in the opener of the match and it was one-sided for the rest of the set as she claimed two more breaks. Although the Pole also broke in the opener of the second set, Gauff put up some resistance before a second break in the ninth game sealed the deal.

“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.

“I just wanted to be really efficient.”

The 21-year-old added: “I feel better, every day is a new day to gain experience on these courts. The jet lag is getting better and staying awake tonight will help me fight it.

Gauff, who is now 0-4 against Swiatek after also losing the French Open final earlier this year, summed up his performance.

“I felt like I was overplaying…with her sometimes it feels like you have to overplay, just because she plays so well,” the 18-year-old said.

The American added: “I lost to her so many times, and I just didn’t get her today. Every time I play her, I learn a lot, like that I overplayed on some shots which made me make more mistakes.

Next up for Swiatek is Jessica Pegula after the fourth seed beat Madison Keys 6-4, 7-5.

“I have no expectations, just trying to relax and play my game,” said the three-time Grand Slam winner.

“I’m happy to face Jessica, because we always play such solid matches with great exchanges, really physical.”

Croatian qualifier Donna Vekic will face Danielle Collins in the other semi-final after upset former third seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 while American Collins beat second seed Paula Badosa 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

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