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National Bank Open: In the longest match of her career, Coco Gauff defeats Aryna Sabalenka
National Bank Open: In the longest match of her career, Coco Gauff defeats Aryna Sabalenka
National Bank Open: In the longest match of her career, Coco Gauff defeats Aryna Sabalenka
Tennis National Bank Open: In the longest match of her career, Coco Gauff...

National Bank Open: In the longest match of her career, Coco Gauff defeats Aryna Sabalenka

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.”

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.

“Tennis is like that. It doesn’t matter where you are playing, which court and with who. You need to push yourself to improve your game and I think that was the key for both (of my three-set) victories and I am very proud of myself.”

Swiatek, the winner of the French Open, acknowledged having trouble with the windy conditions after his streak of 37 victories at Wimbledon was broken in the third round last month.

“Next time maybe I’m going to be able to find, even though the conditions are going to be bad, more solutions and just play more solid. Because I did a lot of mistakes that I kind of don’t accept,” she said.

Haddad Maia, 26, will next play Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, who defeated Spanish player and two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza, 6-1, 6-3, after making all four of her breakpoint opportunities.

Zheng Qinwen defeated Canadian Bianca Andreescu 7-5 5-7 6-2 to continue her breakthrough year, quieting the home crowd on Center Court.

The 19-year-old Chinese player, who advanced to the fourth round at Roland Garros earlier this year, will next play Karolina Pliskova, who defeated third seed Maria Sakkari of Greece with a score of 6-1 6-7 (11-9) 6-3 after hitting 10 aces.

The Italian Giorgi’s title defence was ended by American Pegula, the seventh seed, with a 3-6 6-0 7-5 victory. Pegula will now play Yulia Putintseva, who defeated Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-3 7-5 earlier in the day.

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