Coco Gauff claimed the upper hand in her first WTA match against Amanda Anisimova at the Emilia-Romagna Open on Thursday. The third seed ousted her compatriot, seeded fifth in the draw, in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes to reach the semi-finals.
In her post-match media interaction, Gauff shared, “I was pretty satisfied with the way I played. I do think I could have served a little bit better, but other than that, I was pretty happy with the way I played today”.
This is Gauff’s second consecutive semi-final after the Rome Open last week. In the semi-final, she will play Katerina Siniakova. The Czech defeated eighth seed Caroline Garcia in their quarter-final 7-5, 6-1 in an hour and 35 minutes.
Speaking about her upcoming clash, Gauff noted, “She’s definitely a very tricky player, she uses a lot of variety in her shots. We’re both familiar with each other’s games, and it should be a good match”.
Gauff and Siniakova have played each other just the once before in Ostrava last year. The American won that clash in straight sets.
Emilia-Romagna Open: Sloane Stephens' 2nd American in the SF
In the bottom half of the draw, Sloane Stephens will take on sixth seed Qiang Wang in the semi-final in Parma.
Stephens ousted Sara Errani, the last Italian left in the draw, in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and 25 minutes. The American came up with 26 winners to Errani’s meagre 10 to win the clash. This is Stephens’ first semi-final since she reached the semis of the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open.
After her win, Stephens said, “I've been building, I've been stringing some matches together, which is nice. Happy to be in the semi-finals this year and just keep building”. Wang, meanwhile, ousted Petra Martic – the second seed at the Emilia-Romagna Open – in their quarter-final 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-5 in three hours. Wang hit 25 winners for the entirety of the match.