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Ultradominant Gauff wins Auckland final

Coco Gauff lifted the trophy on Sunday against Rebeka Masarova

Coco Gauff Coco Gauff of the USA after winning her match during play on Semi Finals day of the 2023 Womens’s ASB Classic. ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 7 January 2023. (Photosport/Panoramic)

American Coco Gauff, the top seed, defeated Spanish qualifier Rebeka Masarova 6-1, 6-1 to win the Auckland Open trophy at the ASB Tennis Centre on Sunday.

It is Gauff’s third WTA trophy, the first since 2021.

The French Open runner-up, aged 18, didn’t lose a set in an impressive week, with only four games left in semis and final combined !

Ahead of her victory, Gauff, ranked No 7, beat German Tatjana Maria (6-4, 6-1), wildcard Sofia Kenin (6-4, 6-4), Chinese Lin Zhu (6-3, 6-2) and Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, the No 7 seed (6-0, 6-2).

Masarova, ranked No 130, defeated American Sloane Stephens, the second seed (6-3, 7-6 [5]), Russian Anna Blinkova (6-1, 6-4), Czech Karolina Muchova (7-6 (4), 7-6 (2)) and Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure (6-3, 6-3) in the previous rounds of the Auckland tournament.

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