Swiatek beats Gauff to reach Italian Open final

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

By Reuters

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Iga Swiatek reacts during her semifinal match against Coco Gauff. — Reuters
Iga Swiatek reacts during her semifinal match against Coco Gauff. — Reuters

Published: Fri 17 May 2024, 12:20 AM

World number one Iga Swiatek marched into her third Italian Open final as she beat American third seed Coco Gauff 6-4 6-3 in the first semifinal on Thursday.

Swiatek will face world number two Aryna Sabalenka or American 13th seed Danielle Collins in the Rome showdown on Saturday.


Gauff saved two early break points in the first game and then broke Swiatek in the second for a 2-0 lead.

However, the Pole hit back and then broke the US Open champion at 4-4 before holding to take the first set 6-4 with a clinical backhand winner.


The second set went with serve until Swiatek broke the 20-year-old to lead 3-2 and eventually booked her spot in the final where she will bid for a third Italian Open title in four years.

Following her 11th straight win on clay, Swiatek could 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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