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Iga Swiatek downs Coco Gauff to reach Italian Open final | Tennis News – Times of India

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World number one Iga Swiatek continued her impressive run at the Italian Open, securing her spot in the final after defeating American third seed Coco Gauff in the semi-finals with a scoreline of 6-4, 6-3.
In the first set, Swiatek faced early resistance as Gauff saved two break points in the opening game and then managed to break Swiatek’s serve to take a 2-0 lead.However, Swiatek rallied back, breaking Gauff’s serve to level the score at 4-4 before clinching the set 6-4 with a decisive backhand winner.
The second set remained on serve until Swiatek secured a crucial break to lead 3-2. From there, she maintained her composure to close out the match and book her place in the final.
Swiatek will now await the winner of the semi-final clash between world number two Aryna Sabalenka and American 13th seed Danielle Collins for the championship match on Saturday.
With her 11th consecutive victory on clay, Swiatek stands the chance to achieve a rare feat by potentially becoming only the third player in history to win the Madrid-Rome double, following in the footsteps of Dinara Safina in 2009 and Serena Williams in 2013.

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