Iga Swiatek was absolutely thrilled with her performance against Coco Gauff in the Beijing semifinal. On Saturday, No 2 seed Swiatek saw off third-seeded Gauff 6-2 6-3 to reach the Beijing final. Swiatek, who failed to defend her US Open title and also lost the world No 1 ranking after the final Grand Slam of the season, snapped Gauff's streak of 16 consecutive wins. "I'm really happy with my performance.
It feels like I can play freely again, so I'm really happy. It's been a while since I felt that way. So I'll remember for the rest of my career that even though tougher times may come, in your mind, you can always overcome that.
And with hard work, you can achieve it. I'm happy that I switched my attitude after US Open, and hopefully I'll be able to keep it for as long as possible," Swiatek said after beating Gauff.
Swiatek gets her revenge after losing to Gauff in Cincinnati
In the Cincinnati semifinal, Swiatek suffered her first loss to Gauff when the American handed her a three-set defeat.
In their first meeting since Cincinnati, Swiatek made a very strong start to the match as she claimed back-to-back breaks in the third and fifth games to win five games in a row and open an early 5-1 lead. In the seventh game - when Gauff was serving to stay in the first set - Swiatek didn't convert her first set point.
However, that didn't negatively impact Swiatek, who routinely served out for the opener in the eighth game. After easily winning the first set, Swiatek also broke Gauff in the first game of the second set. In the ninth game - when Gauff was serving to stay in the match - Swiatek claimed her second break of the set to complete a two-set win.
Swiatek now owns an 8-1 head-to-head against Gauff. In the Beijing final, Swiatek plays against either Elena Rybakina or Liudmila Samsonova.
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