We could have this Saturday in the final of the WTA 500 tournament in Adelaide the presence of two young players whose sum of age is less than that of Serena Williams. Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek are hungry for titles despite their young age. They will both be the favourites to go through to the semi-finals. Presentation of the matches.
Cori Gauff (16) is back in the last four of a WTA tournament for the first time since the Lexington tournament in August 2020. The young American has been playing well since the qualifiers with many close matches against Kaia Juvan to reach the main draw and against Martic and Rogers to reach the semifinals. She created a big surprise last night when she returned from a very bad match by being led 2-6, 2-4, 0-30 to finally win 2.6, 6-4, 6-4. She was able to show her fighting spirit and a warrior's mentality to outwit her older sister who had the match in hand. Rogers showed a lack of lucidity in her choices at important moments. No doubt due to the sequence of matches she has experienced in the last few weeks after her quarter-final at the Yarra Classic Valley and her Round of 16 at the Australian Open. However, we must not take away the prowess achieved by this young player who will be playing in her third semi-final on the WTA tour. Gauff's serve remains efficient but still far too irregular (6 double faults in her first three games of the main round) and even more so when she plays offensive players who like to get into the court. Gauff prefers to rely on her defensive and counter-attacking qualities to hurt her opponents. This attitude can also make her sometimes passive in her matches. She will be facing a player who is regaining some colour after a rather timid recovery at the Australian Open where she alternated between good and not so good in her matches. In this tournament of Adelaide, Bencic arrives with a lot of envy and determination which can be felt on the court. During her first round against Misaki Doi, she was able to smother the Japanese with a lot of aggressiveness. In her second lap, she didn't have a single match against the surprise player Storm Sanders. The Australian was pushed by a boiling hot crowd. Nevertheless, the Swiss rider stayed in her game plan with an early catch and a desire to make the difference as soon as she came back with her sense of anticipation. She showed a lot of annoyance on the field last week against Svetlana Kuznetsova by coming completely out of the match during 1 set and a half. This week, she is really applied with the soul of a warrior, as shown by her raised fist after having won the most beautiful point of the night in a Dantesque fight. We know that she is very emotional on the court but she remains a very perfectionist player who always wants to do well. Her serve remained a real handicap last week. Today, she is back to her rhythm and pace of play and that can be felt in her stability on the serve and far from her 11 and 12 double faults during the Australian Open. In the game, she still likes to take the ball early to take time away from her opponents in order to get them up to speed. She doesn't like to back up and stay on her baseline. Physically, she works hard with her partner who is also her physical trainer. She seems more athletic and ready for big fights. In this match, Coco Gauff is a slight favourite with the bookmakers. Quite an amazing thing. One would have expected equal odds on each side. The match up and the experience might well be in Belinda's favour. Her faculty has always gone forward, staying on her baseline without backing down will allow her to take American style time on every shot. The quality and aggressiveness of Bencic's return could well put pressure on his opponent of the day who remains irregular with his serve and especially his second ball. Coco Gauff could well become passive in front of the Swiss opportunism and determination to come and move it. Belinda Bencic with a score of more than 2 seems very interesting because her game plan should annoy Gauff, namely an aggressive play that had caused her problems in particular against Brady in Lexington or Sakkari in Abu Dhabi last January.
Jil Teichmann vs Iga Swiatek
What a feeling to see the Swiss woman in the semi-finals of a WTA 500 on a surface that is not hers. And it's far from a coincidence. She had already reached the quarter-finals last week at the tournament in Melbourne. Despite a slight power deficit, Teichmann is a player who progresses on a fast surface. Where she has essentially gained momentum is in the structuring of her game. In the past she tended to be too passive and was subject to the opponent's game. And we see it this week, and especially at the beginning of the season, she uses her variety as a real weapon to perform with her very precise left wrist stroke, capable of finding angles and trajectories that are just fabulous. Her forehand is more and more efficient. Teichmann even proved that she has a steel mentality by saving two match balls against Sevastova. She hasn't been a top player so far, but she deserved this semi-final. Swiatek, barely 19 years old, is in her confirmation year. And after a mixed start to the season, the young Polish girl is showing her ambitions, even on the hard court. Two laps without forcing before her quarter, she then corrected Collins 6-2, 3-0 before seeing her give up for a rather minor embarrassment. She recited her tennis in this match. Very sharp on her backs, she proved that she had real defensive qualities. Always as creative in the game, Iga dominated Danielle by turning her head. She performs well in all areas of the game. Her only concern is that she wants to be so daring in every position that sometimes there is waste. Not really an interesting spot to take on this game. An over play from Teichmann could be worth trying because the odds are relatively high but the Swiss girl has tapped into her resources against Sevastova and she could pay for her gruelling tournament. Iga is going to try to be as creative as possible and even if everything isn't perfect, she is so physically monstrous that I can see her taking the lead at this level. It would be amazing to see a surprise in this semi-final.
⭐️⭐️⭐️--- ⭐️⭐️Victory Bencic ⭐️ ---
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