Gauff leads American charge into Adelaide semi-finals

Three Americans have made it into the semi-finals of the Adelaide International 2 on Thursday, led by No 3 seed Coco Gauff, who saw off Alternate Ana Konjuh, 6-3 6-4, and was joined by Alison Riske and Madison Keys, with 4th-seeded Tamara Zidansek making up the elite last 4.

I took a lot of positives from that match [loss to Ash Barty last week], and I think I've been improving and working on it this week. I'm hoping to continue that momentum through the rest of this tournament and through all the Australian Open. Coco Gauff

Gauff’s defeat of Croatia’s Konjuh took an hour and 21 minutes in their quarter-final clash, just short of Keys’ 3-set win over Russia’s 8th seed, Liudmila Samsonova, 6-3 3-6 6-3, which took 1 hour 37 minutes.

The 3rd seed, who is the highest seed remaining in the Adelaide draw, won 66% of her first-serve points to Konjuh’s 55%.

In terms of second-serve points won, Gauff won 52% to the Croatian’s 48%, and although Konjuh saved 7 of the 11 break points she faced, the 4 she could not answer proved the critical difference between the two at the end.

Gauff said she had improved since losing to World No 1 Ash Barty last week, and hoped to build on her performance heading into next week’s Australian Open Grand Slam.

“I took a lot of positives from that match, and I think I’ve been improving and working on it this week,” she told reporters.

“I’m hoping to continue that momentum through the rest of this tournament and through all the Australian Open.”

The 17-year old American is looking to reach her first final of the 2022 season and will take on compatriot Keys, who came through the last match of the day, outlasting Samsonova after saving 2 of the 3 break points she faced while converting 2 of the 4 break points she had on the Russian’s serve.

Tamara Zidansek is the only non-American in the Adelaide semi-finals after beating Lauren Davis on Thursday

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Meanwhile, at the top of the draw, Zidansek also advanced to the semi-finals after a very tight battle with another American, Lauren Davis, 7-6(4) 7-6(7), in 2 hours 10 minutes.

The match featured 3 breaks of serve each and, oddly, Davis who finished with marginally more points than the winner, 96 points to Zidansek’s 94.

The Slovenian will take on Riske in the penultimate round, who came through an all-American derby in the quarter-final against Madison Brengle.

With the score tied at 3-all in the opening set, Brengle retired from the match, allowing Riske to advance to the last-four after just 27 minutes of play.

The Adelaide International 2 semi-final between Tamara Zidansek and Alison Riske will be the first time that the two will be playing against each other.



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