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We’ve seen these two players play significant matches many times, but never in a final, let alone a Grand Slam like the US Open 2023. Coco Gauff has always been a formidable opponent for Aryna Sabalenka, even when the American was just 16 years old.
Without Sabalenka’s stunning reaction against Madison Keys, the WTA US Open final would have had a different heroine. The Belarussian was down one set and also lost one of her serves in the second set, but she pushed the set to a tiebreak, where she evened the match and then turned the score around.
Coco Gauff vs Aryna Sabalenka: Overall head-to-head record
Coco Gauff currently leads the series 3-2, but in the most recent head-to-head, the youthful player did not perform as well as in prior encounters. Will Aryna Sabalenka be able to make amends? The motivation is there because if she wins, she will become the first woman to win the US Open, like Carlos Alcaraz did a year ago.
2023 Indian Wells quarterfinals – Sabalenka vs Gauff 6-4 6-0
Aryna began the season with two titles, one in Adelaide and the other at the Australian Open. She reached the Indian Wells finals a few months later, but on the way she ran across Coco Gauff, with whom she had lost the two previous meetings.
Sabalenka needed only one breakpoint to take the first set. She converted three more breakpoints in the second set to advance to the semifinals.
2022 Toronto Open 3rd round – Gauff vs Sabalenka 7-5 4-6 7-6
The match between the Belarussian and the American was certainly the most even. Throughout the match, both players converted four bracket points.
Each won a set, therefore a third set was required to determine the winner. To add to the suspense, following a 6-6 tiebreak in the third set, we had a close tiebreak in which Coco was the stronger player. Gauff’s Canadian journey came to an end in the semifinals as she was defeated by Simona Halep.
2021 Rome 3rd round – Gauff vs Sabalenka 7-5 6-3
Gauff had one of her first significant shows at the age of 17 in that edition of the Rome Master 1000. Despite losing in the semifinals against Iga Swiatek, the underage player defeated Maria Sakkari in the second round.
Coco handily defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the third round. The Belarussian tennis player struggled to keep up with her opponent. The match finished after two sets, with Gauff converting four breakpoints and Sabalenka only one.
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