Victoria Azarenka dominates the Guadalajara Open. Gloria for Maria Sakkari and Coco Gauff

In the quarterfinals of the Guadalajara Open on Friday, Victoria Azarenka defeated Coco Gauff. The former world number one defeated the American 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3 after two hours and forty-four minutes of play. Azarenka and Gauff were playing one another for the first time in this matchup.

Gauff finished the match with 10 aces and 9 double faults, while her opponent had 0 aces and 8 double faults. Gauff also delivered 75% of her first serves compared to Azarenka’s 67%, but she only prevailed in 60% of those points.

In addition, Azarenka won 46% of her points on second serves and 63% of her points on returns off of Gauff’s second serve.

Guadalajara Open: Victoria Azarenka will finish the year of 22 strong.

Azarenka talked about playing Gauff after the match.

“Coco’s… the same age as my career,” she remarked, “so that felt quite intriguing.” She is such a fantastic athlete, and I am excited to watch her progress. The first ball, serving strategically, and applying a lot of pressure to the return were all important factors.

She was mixing a lot and serving pretty well, so I was just trying to adjust when I had the chance. I tried not to beat myself up since I had a good number and couldn’t convert them. Instead, I attempted to be consistent and hunt for another one.

Azarenka has never progressed this far in a WTA competition. The 2012–13 Australian Open champion will take on Gauff’s native Jessica Pegula in an attempt to advance to her maiden 2022 season final.

In their quarterfinal match, Pegula, the third-seeded player, dominated fellow American Sloane Stephens. Pegula finished with a 6-2, 6-2 victory in in 61 minutes. In the Mexican 1000 competition, fourth seed Maria Sakkari also advanced to the semifinals.

In two hours and 25 minutes, the fourth-seeded Greek defeated the eighth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Marie Bouzkova, who won her quarterfinal match against Anna Kalinskaya by quitting midway through, will face Sakkari in the semifinals.

At that point, the Czech was leading 5-2. By making it to the Guadalajara Open semifinals, Maria Sakkari also became the eighth and final athlete to earn a spot in the 2022 WTA Finals.