Coco Gauff swept apart Varvara Gracheva 6-1 6-1 to succeed in the semi-finals of the Auckland Basic on Friday because the US Open champion continued her spectacular build-up to the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months at Melbourne Park.
Rain delayed the beginning of the match however as soon as play started Gauff wanted solely 53 minutes to see off her French rival. The 19-year-old has not dropped a set in her title defence and didn’t face a single break level on Friday.
The world No 3 raced by means of the opening set and took a 4-0 lead within the second earlier than Gracheva held serve, and with darkish clouds gathering as soon as once more Gauff was fast to wrap up a victory which pits her towards Emma Navarro in an all-American semi-final.
“I used to be specializing in taking part in my sport,” Gauff mentioned.
“I assumed I served very well, in all probability the very best up to now within the match, which is one thing I have been engaged on low season. I am actually pleased with how I performed.
“I am glad I used to be in a position to end my match [before it could rain].”
On the Brisbane Worldwide, one other warm-up match for the Australian Open, which runs from January 14-28, Victoria Azarenka beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 3-6 7-5 to make the final 4.
“With Jelena typically you simply need to placed on a helmet and attempt to keep in there,” mentioned Azarenka, who subsequent faces Aryna Sabalenka or Daria Kasatkina.
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“However she’s an unimaginable participant, we have seen that many instances. She’s a Grand Slam champion, she proved many instances that she will beat anybody on any given day.”
Within the males’s part, Rafa Nadal, taking part in his first match after a prolonged damage lay-off, will tackle Australian Jordan Thompson later within the day for a spot within the final 4.