Coco Gauff maintains her dominance in Auckland, paving the way for a final showdown against Elina Svitolina.

Coco Gauff will be defending her title in the Auckland Classic final against Elina Svitolina after defeating her compatriot Emma Navarro 6-3, 6-1 in their semi-final match. Gauff only took 62 minutes to surpass the fourth-seeded Navarro and has now won 18 consecutive sets and nine consecutive matches in Auckland over the past two years. She has only lost 15 games in four matches this year so far.
Gauff’s victory in Auckland last year marked the beginning of a successful streak that culminated in winning her first major title at the US Open. She appears to be in similar remarkable form this year, dominating her matches with powerful serves and ground shots. In her victory over Navarro, she delivered 10 aces in 12 games.
“It’s a great start to my 2024,” said Gauff. “Emma is a fantastic player. We’ve played against each other when I was 12 years old and she was 15, so it’s only our second meeting since then. It’s really cool to compete on this stage. I wish her all the best for the rest of the season.”
The 19-year-old Gauff displayed a controlled and dominant performance. Her deep ground shots allowed her to follow through to the net, where she excelled and utilized her powerful forehand with precision. “I’m being aggressive with my serve and return,” she stated. “We played one set in practice here before the tournament started, and she played really well, so I knew I had to be at my best to win.”
On the other hand, second-seeded Svitolina faced some challenges, taking two medical timeouts on her way to a hard-fought 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Wang Xiyu from China. Svitolina initially lost her serve in the third game of the first set and again in the fifth game, falling behind 4-1. She received on-court treatment for a lower back injury and subsequently took a medical timeout. Upon her return, she immediately broke Wang’s serve but lost her own, resulting in a 6-2 set loss.
Svitolina managed to claim the second set with a single break in the 10th game. She requested another medical timeout at the start of the third set but returned to hold serve and break Wang for 3-1 and 5-1 leads. Although Wang broke back in the seventh game, Svitolina rallied and served out the set in the ninth game, which included two aces.
Meanwhile, at the Brisbane International, the world No 2, Aryna Sabalenka, triumphed over Victoria Azarenka with a 6-2, 6-4 victory, setting up an exciting final against Elena Rybakina, a rematch of their Australian Open title clash from last year.
Sabalenka gained her breakthrough in grand slam tournaments by winning the trophy in Melbourne last year but faced defeat against Rybakina in the Indian Wells final and Beijing quarter-finals. However, she won their latest encounter at the WTA Finals. Sabalenka now aims to improve her 5-2 win-loss record against Rybakina on Sunday and secure her first trophy of this season before defending her title at the Australian Open.
The top-seeded Sabalenka secured a 3-1 lead in the opening set with a sensational return from deep that forced an error from Azarenka at the net. Despite some struggles in her subsequent service games, she managed to claim the set. In the second set, Sabalenka saved two break points in the ninth game and sealed the victory when Azarenka dropped her serve in the following game.
Rybakina, currently ranked No 4 in the world, defeated Czech teenager Linda Noskova 6-3, 6-2 to reach her 15th career singles final and fourth in Australia.
“I always enjoy matches against Elena,” commented Sabalenka, who currently holds a 15-match winning streak in Australia, having also won the title in Adelaide last year. “It’s always high-quality… I hope tomorrow’s battle will be great, and I’m truly looking forward to it.”

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