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Dubai Duty Free Championships: Gauff defeats Keys, sets up Swiatek semi-final

Coco Gauff defeated Madison Keys 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday. She’ll play Pole Iga Swiatek, the top seed, in the next round

Coco Gauff Tennis – WTA 1000 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 23, 2023 Coco Gauff of the U.S. in action during her quarter final match against Madison Keys of the U.S. (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships •Quarter-final • completed
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No 5 seed Coco Gauff advanced to the last four of the Dubai Duty Free Championships by winning against Madison Keys 6-2, 7-5 at The Aviation Club Tennis Centre on Thursday.

Gauff, ranked No 6, will face Pole Iga Swiatek, the top seed, next.

This is the second time Gauff has reached the semi-finals of a WTA 1000 event, following her achievement at Rome in 2021.

And it was the second time that Gauff had reached the quarter-finals here – having done so on debut two years ago, aged just 16.

Gauff beat Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich (6-0, 6-4) and Kazakh Elena Rybakina, the No 9 seed (W/O) earlier in the tournament.

In the previous rounds of the Dubai Open, Keys, ranked No 23, defeated Italian qualifier Jasmine Paolini (6-1, 6-1), Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, the No 4 seed (7-5, 6-4) and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the No 15 seed (6-2, 6-1).

Dubai WTA 1000, other quarter-finals results (The Aviation Club Tennis Centre, hard, USD 2.788.468, most recent results first):

  • Iga Swiatek vs. Karolina Pliskova: Swiatek wins by walkover
  • Karolina Muchova vs. Jessica Pegula
  • Barbora Krejcikova vs. Aryna Sabalenka

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