The streak of victories ended in Beijing: due to a right shoulder problem, Coco Gauff was unable to compete to her full potential in the semi-final of the China Open tournament, WTA 1000. This interrupted the streak of sixteen consecutive successes signed by the American in Starting from Cincinnati, a ruthless Iga Swiatek took care of it.
The Pole didn't give Gauff any chances throughout the entire match and she prevailed with a score of 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 19 minutes.
Gauff was also forced to request a medical time out during the match. Medical time out with did not change the situation.
In the press conference, Coco tried to explain the situation: "I started to feel pain during the match with Maria Sakkari in the quarter-finals. But I didn't feel the same pain as today. I felt it in the first set, but I didn't like to call the physiotherapist.
My coach advised me to do it and that helped me. It was a new experience for me, I'm not used to playing with pain. It's not a terrible injury, with a little rest things will settle down."
The wise side of Coco Gauff, who defends Iga Swiatek from criticism
The 19 year old from Atlanta can obviously be satisfied with her latest performances and, above all, with the incredible American summer.
In fact, Gauff won the Washington tournament, the WTA 1000 in Cincinnati and her first Slam at the US Open. Precisely thinking about Swiatek's season, criticized several times this year despite the excellent results, Gauff wanted to send an important message and she defend the former number 1 on the WTA Tour.
Coco showd onece agin her wise and matire side, talking about issues such as respect and defense of people who are overwhelmed by criticism.
She said: "I've seen several people's comments. Some think hers isn't a good season.
But she won a Slam at Roland Garros and was often number one. I would dream of a season like the one Swiatek had this year year."