National Bank Open: Coco Gauff took three hours and eleven minutes to defeat Aryna Sabalenka, who had just defeated Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina, while first seed Iga Swiatek was eliminated from Toronto after suffering a shocking loss to Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.
Gauff needed a third-set tie-break to overcome No. 6 seed Sabalenka 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-4) and advance to the quarterfinals of the National Bank Open for the second consecutive year.
“It definitely gives me a lot of confidence because I know I can tough it out in those tough moments,” said Gauff, who will next face Simona Halep, who beat Jil Teichmann 6-2 7-5. “These are the type of players that I need to have to beat if I want to win a Grand Slam.
“So these matches are giving me more confidence. And I know how it feels in those moments against these players. They’re not going to give you anything and you shouldn’t expect that.”
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The 18-year-old beat Sabalenka to become the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 1990 and 1991 to advance to back-to-back quarterfinals in Canada.
Iga Swiatek, the world’s number one, was defeated by Haddad Maia 6-4 3-6 7-5, and Jessica Pegula eliminated Camila Giorgi to join Gauff and Halep in the quarterfinals.
“I knew that all the matches here would be very tough, not only top 20 players, like the first round was a very, very tough round and I won in three sets as well,” Haddad Maia said.