Sabalenka crushes Gauff, Indian Wells semis spot books

Aryna Sabalenka turned up a professional bid to demolish American Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-0 and reach the semi-finals of a WTA event in Indian Wells.

The Australian Open champion did not face a break point on Wednesday and used her booming, accurate serve to dispatch the 19-year-old Gauff.

Sabalenka appears to have put her past struggles with double faults firmly behind her, not committing a single fault against Gauff, while pounding five aces and winning 87 percent of her first serve.

Gauff was quickly down 2-0 in the first set and was unable to match the Belarusian’s form despite playing well.

Second seed Sabalenka kept her foot on the gas to take control of the second set despite attempts by the Southern California rally to goad the homegrown sixth seed.

“I knew you wanted to bring me home,” Sabalenka said, smiling to the audience in a court interview.

“Thank you all for coming and supporting us, mostly her, but us. It was incredible. I don’t want to leave. I want to be here as long as possible.”

Sabalenka, the heavy-hitter, will next face Greek seventh seed Maria Sakkari or Czech 15th seed Petra Kvitova.

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