Gauff and Co dominate Adelaide quarter-finals

Coco Gauff battled her way into the quarter-finals at the Adelaide International 2 WTA 250 tournament on Wednesday night, joining compatriots Madison Keys, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle and Lauren Davis in the elite 8.

It required a 3-set effort, however, on the part of the teenage American to get past Marta Kostyuk, the World No 50 from the Ukraine, 6-3 7-5 6-3.

The 17-year-old had pushed World No 1 Ash Barty in a second round encounter in Adelaide 1 last week, and was dominant when she dropped just 3 games against Katerina Siniakova, the World No 1 from the Czech Republic, on Tuesday, but had to find another gear on Wednesday.

Seeded 3, Gauff is the highest ranked player left in the draw after the first round departures of Aryna Sabalenka, the World No 3 from Belarus, and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, who is ranked 16.

The American began well enough against the unseeded Kostyuk, racing to a 4-1 lead before taking the first set 6-3, but the Ukrainian then hit back to level proceedings.

Kostyuk jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the second, letting several set points slip away before eventually sealing it, 7-5, when Gauff sent a forehand wide, and forcing the American into a decider.

A decisive break in the 7th game of the third set gave Gauff the upper hand again, and she held her nerve to prevail in an hour 54 minutes, lining up a meeting with Ana Konjuh of Croatia for a place in the semi-final.

Konjuh upset Czech Marketa Vondrousova, the 8th seed, 4-6 6-2 7-6(3), after the former French Open runner-up surrendered a match point in an epic Centre Court battle that lasted 2 hours and 21 minutes.

Should Gauff beat Konjuh in the lower half of the draw, she could face 2017 US Open finalist Keys in the last four, who showed strong form in dispatching Tereza Martincova,  6-1 6-3, but she must deal with Luidmilla Samsonova, the 8th seed from Russia, first.

After Coco Gauff, Tamara Zidansek is the next highest seed who easily saw off wild-card Maddison Inglis in Adelaide

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Keys, a former US Open runner-up currently ranked 87 in the world, is finding fine form and barely broke a sweat in her demolition of the Czech, who is ranked No 48.

Samsonova, who is ranked 39, needed a little over an hour to see off Spain’s Nuria Parrizas Diaz, 6-2 6-1.

In the top half, Brengle was also a convincing victor in straight sets against Rebecca Peterson, a qualifier from Sweden, winning through 6-3 6-2, and she now meets Riske, a 6-1 6-3 winner over Anhelina Kalinina from the Ukraine.

The last American in the quarters is Davis, who also came through qualifying to upset Jil Teichmann, the 7th seed from Switzerland, on Tuesday, before taking out Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in a tough encounter, 4-6 6-4 6-4.

In the last 8 Davis will try her hand against 4th-seeded Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia, an easy 6-2 6-1 winner over local wild-card Maddison Inglis.

Madison Keys upset No 2 seed Elina Svitolina on Monday and cruised past Tereza Martincova on Wednesday to reach the Adelaide quarter-finals

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