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Masarova advances to Auckland final versus Gauff after battle of the qualifiers

Rebeka Masarova won against Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday. She’ll face American Coco Gauff, the top seed, in the final

Rebeka Masarova Rebeka Masarova in Auckland 2023 (Photosport/Panoramic)

Spanish qualifier Rebeka Masarova defeated Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the final of the Auckland Open at the ASB Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Masarova, ranked No 130, will face American Coco Gauff, the top seed, next.

Ahead of her victory, the Spaniard won against American Sloane Stephens, the second seed (6-3, 7-6 (5)), Russian Anna Blinkova (6-1, 6-4) and Czech Karolina Muchova (7-6 (4), 7-6 (2)).

Bonaventure, ranked No 95, beat American Catherine McNally (5-7, 6-4, 6-4), Canadian Rebecca Marino, the No 8 seed (3-6, 6-3, 6-3) and Canadian Leylah Fernandez, the No 3 seed (6-4, 6-2) in the previous rounds of the Auckland tournament.

Auckland WTA 250, other semi-final result (ASB Tennis Centre, hard, USD 259.303):

  • Coco Gauff beat Danka Kovinic (7): 6-0, 6-2
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