Prime seed Coco Gauff cruised into the semifinals at Auckland on Friday, persevering with her robust preparations for the Australian Open.
After the win, the American sprang to the defence of the match’s indoor courts following stinging criticism from an injured Emma Raducanu who referred to as the floor “extremely slick” and “very slippery”.
“To be stopped by a freak harm, rolling an ankle, is fairly disappointing,” Raducanu mentioned after she retired with the harm throughout her second-round match in opposition to Viktoria Kuzmova.
“So, to be sincere it’s not a shock that this occurs to somebody,” the previous US Open winner added, together with her participation on the upcoming Australian Open doubtful.
However Gauff mentioned she had no issues taking part in indoors after taking simply 73 minutes for her 6-3, 6-2 victory over China’s Zhu Lin who had earlier knocked out Venus Williams.
“They’re just a little bit quicker than open air, however that’s to be anticipated. For probably the most half they’re positive,” she mentioned.
“I need to be exterior (however) the quicker the courts I can play on, particularly getting ready for the (Australian Open), will assist me when going to maneuver to slower courts.”
Gauff received practically 90 p.c of her first-service factors in opposition to Zhu, fired eight aces and by no means confronted a break level within the match.
Within the semifinals, she is going to play seventh-seed Danka Kovinic from Montenegro who rolled Kuzmova 6-3, 6-2.
Canadian third seed Leylah Fernandez, surprisingly knocked out within the quarterfinals by Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure, additionally defended the taking part in floor as heavy rain once more compelled the gamers off the outside courts.
Fernandez, who misplaced the 2021 US Open remaining to Raducanu, was crushed 6-4, 6-2 by Bonaventure however mentioned she was unfazed about transferring indoors.
“What we bought is a court docket, internet and a tennis ball. That’s all we’d like. I’m simply glad that we’ve the chance to play tennis and to get the match going,” she mentioned.
Bonaventure will play Spain’s Rebeka Masarova who beat Karolina Muchova 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2).
Event director Nicolas Lamperin mentioned the indoor courts had been checked and had been as much as worldwide requirements.
“Accidents occur on a regular basis. It might have occurred on outside courts as effectively. We really feel unhealthy in regards to the state of affairs however the courts are match to play.”