Cori Gauff thinks she has made several improvements in her game over the last few weeks and she is entering the Iga Swiatek match "excited" and believing she could win. Gauff, who won Washington earlier this week, is set to meet world No 1 Swiatek in the Cincinnati semifinal.
Against Swiatek, Gauff has seven straight-set defeats. “I’m really excited. I’ve always said ‘You wanna be the best, you have to beat the best’. You know, right now she [Iga Swiatek] is the best on tour and I have (laughs) not gotten a chance to beat her yet but I’m feeling great and I’m hoping that this time I can really prove myself and prove how much of adjustments and improvements that I have made and come out with a win,” Gauff said on Tennis Channel.
Gauff believes she has a shot at beating Swiatek
So far this summer, Gauff has nine wins and one loss on hard courts. After winning Washington, Gauff also made the Montreal quarterfinal before falling just short to Jessica Pegula.
So far this week in Cincinnati, Gauff has won three matches in straight sets. Gauff is definitely not lacking any confidence going into the Swiatek match. "I think just doing really well on those 30-All, Break Points and those type of points, playing aggressive tennis not always playing passively and just finding the right balance between being aggressive and picking the right targets and in also the way I’ve been able to bounce back after getting broken or you know losing a tough point.
I think I’ve been doing good mentally," Gauff said. When Gauff and Swiatek meet in Cincinnati, it will be their third meeting of the year. Previously, Swiatek ousted Gauff 6-4 6-2 in the Dubai semifinal and the Pole also handed the American a 6-4 6-2 loss in the French Open quarterfinal. It remains to be seen if today Gauff can beat Swiatek for the first time.