Indian Wells: Coco Gauff makes SF, Iga Swiatek wins after Caroline Wozniacki retires

Gauff easily beat Yue Yuan, while the Swiatek and Wozniacki match ended with a retirement.

by Dzevad Mesic
Indian Wells: Coco Gauff makes SF, Iga Swiatek wins after Caroline Wozniacki retires
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Coco Gauff claimed a routine win to reach the semifinal in Indian Wells, while a highly-anticipated Iga Swiatek and Caroline Wozniacki match ended with the Dane retiring injured. 

On Thursday, No. 3 seed Gauff ousted world No. 49 Yue Yuan 6-4 6-3. By beating Yuan in their first meeting, the American - who celebrated her 20th birthday on Wednesday - also made her first semifinal in the desert. 

Against Yuan, Gauff made a bit of a slow start as she got broken in the first game of the match but managed to get the break back instantly in the second game. After getting an early break back, Gauff broke Yuan again in the sixth game and saved a break point in the following game to open a 5-2 lead.

Just when it seemed that the first set was over, Gauff missed out on two set points when serving for the first set in the ninth game. But after getting the break back and reducing the deficit to 4-5, Yuan failed to serve out for 5-5 as the third-seeded American broke the Chinese in the 10th game to seal the first set. 

Early in the third set, Yuan had a 3-1 lead but Gauff easily overturned that with back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth games. 

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

For a place in the Indian Wells final, Gauff plays against the winner of the match between Maria Sakkari and Emma Navarro. 

How Swiatek overcame Wozniacki?

On the other side, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek was 6-4 1-0 up on Wozniacki when the 2018 Australian Open champion retired from the match due to a right foot injury. 

After saving three break points in the first game of the match, Wozniacki earned the first break of the match in the fourth game and served out the following game to take a 4-1 lead. 

Down by a break and two games away from losing the first set, Swiatek responded by earning back-to-back breaks in the seventh and ninth games and winning five games in a row to overturn the deficit and win the opening set. 

After winning the last five games of the first set, Swiatek also broke Wozniacki in the first game of the second set. That was when Wozniacki retired due to a toe injury. 

Iga Swiatek and Caroline Wozniacki
Iga Swiatek and Caroline Wozniacki© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

In the Indian Wells semifinal, Swiatek plays against Marta Kostyuk, who defeated Anastasia Potapova.

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