Coco Gauff secures a pre-quarterfinals spot and a position in the final at the Guadalajara Open.

With a victory over Elisabetta Cocciaretto on Wednesday at the Guadalajara Open of 7-6(1), 6-3, Coco Gauff advanced to the third round. Gauff needed 1 hour, 47 minutes to finish the victory. The victory confirmed the American’s eligibility for the WTA Finals in Texas the following week.

Gauff dropped her serve twice during the match while breaking Cocciaretto’s serve four times. Martina Trevisan, a fellow countrywoman of Cocciaretto, will be Gauff’s following foe. Trevisan defeated Katerina Siniakova in the second round by scores of 6-0, 4-6, and 6-3.

American Jessica Pegula, Gauff’s doubles partner, also made it to the third round. After two hours and five minutes of play, the third seed defeated Elena Rybakina 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(8). Compared to Rybakina’s 73%, Pegula won 80% of her first-serve points.

Additionally, she converted three of the three break points on the Kazakh’s serve while saving four of the eight break points she faced. Bianca Andreescu will be Pegula’s next opponent.

Guadalajara Open: Prominent athletes depart

In the second round, there were three big upsets.

First off, the tournament’s top seed Paula Badosa had to withdraw from the competition after being ill during the first round of play. After Victoria Azarenka won the first set 6-2, Badosa, who was playing her, ended the match.

Azarenka expressed her best wishes for Badosa’s health after the outcome. You never want someone to retire, she added, because we come out here to compete and give it our all. It’s really disappointing that Paula was unable to complete the game.

I wish her a speedy recovery. I’m looking forward to the remaining matches since I know we still have a few to play. Her chances of making it to the season finals were also over when Badosa withdrew from the competition.

Aryna Sabalenka, the second seed, was similarly shocked by Liudmila Samsonova. After two hours and fourteen minutes of play, Samsonova eliminated Sabalenka from the Mexican competition with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 victory. Finally, Sloane Stephens defeated 10th-seeded Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-4 to record the third-largest shock at the Guadalajara Open.

While Sabalenka’s aspirations of competing in Texas haven’t been dashed despite her loss, Bencic’s defeat also insured that she won’t compete in the year-ending event.