Coco Gauff defeats Marta Kostyuk and advances to the Australian Open semifinals

In a match marred by mistakes, Coco Gauff overcame Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-2 on Tuesday at the Australian Open to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the tiebreaker, the fourth-ranked Gauff overcame a 5-1 deficit to win the first set but was forced to a deciding set before sealing the win in three hours and eight minutes.

In her on-court interview following the match, Gauff stated, “Really proud of the fight I showed today,” “Marta is a tough opponent. Every time we play, it is a tough match, and yeah, I really fought and left it all out on the court today.”

Gauff made 51 unintentional errors, nine double faults, and just 17 winners in the intense Melbourne heat, but she managed to survive and advance to the semifinals, where she will play either No. 9 Barbora Krejcikova or reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka.

“I’m from South Florida, so I’m used to the heat,” said Gauff. “It gets even hotter back at home, to be honest.”

Following his US Open victory in September of last year, the American has now won 12 straight games in Grand Slam competitions.

Regarding performing at Rod Laver Arena, Gauff remarked, “It’s really great to be out here.” “A lot of American flags.”

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