WTA Rome: Final! Iga Swiatek wins youngster duel against Cori Gauff
Successful working day forIga Swiatek : The 19-year-old celebrated two victories on Saturday and thus qualified for the final of the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome. In the semifinals, the Polish defeated Cori Gauff , who was two years younger than her, 7: 6 (3) and 6: 3.
by Nikolaus Fink
last edit: May 15, 2021, 05:53 pm
Iga Swiatek may have had worse days in her still young tennis career: First, the reigning French Open winner beat Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6: 2 and 7: 5 in her quarter-final match, which was postponed due to the bad weather, a few hours later the Polish even set one more victory.
Swiatek asserted himself in the Grand Stand Arena - the match had been moved to the second largest stadium in the facility due to the full schedule on the Center Court - against the only 17-year-old Cori Gauff with 7: 6 (3) and 6: 3. In the first set, the American found a 15:30 both at 5: 4 and two games later, but could not use these options when her opponent served.
In the second set Swiatek quickly took a 5-1 lead. Gauff fought his way up again, the world number 35 knew how to complete. but not her comeback. After 1:46 hours of play, the Pole converted her third match point to a 7: 6 (3) and 6: 3 success.
Swiatek qualified for the first WTA 1000 final of their career. In this, the 19-year-old will meet Karolina Pliskova on Sunday, who won her semi-final against Petra Martic in three sets .
Here the single tableau in Rome