Swiatek wins first set against Jabeur, ensuring Gauff’s passage to WTA Finals semifinals

Iga and Coco join Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula in the final four of the tour’s final event of 2023.

On a windswept and seemingly endless day of delays at the WTA Finals, the matches still aren’t over—but the singles semifinals are set.

When Coco Gauff won her final round-robin match over Marketa Vondrousova earlier Friday, she left Ons Jabeur only one path to the final four at the season-ending championships: a straight-set win.

 

The Tunisian could still prevail, on this rainy night in Cancun. (Editor’s note: she did not.) But even with a 2-1 record, it still wouldn’t have been enough to progress.

Here are Saturday’s semifinals:

Jessica Pegula (3-0) vs. Coco Gauff (2-1)
Iga Swiatek (3-0) vs. Aryna Sabalenka (2-1)

Friday’s singles play began with the conclusion of Sabalenka’s match against Elena Rybakina. The Belarusian won the first set on Thursday, and wrapped up a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory in the win-or-go-home contest.

Sabalenka can clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking with a win over Swiatek, the only player who could surpass her.

Gauff then eliminated Vondrousova (who finished the tournament 0-3), though not without struggle: 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3. She’ll face her doubles partner, Pegula, who won all three of her round-robin matches.

Gauff and Pegula are still scheduled to play their final doubles match later tonight.

We will continue to update this developing story.

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