Coco Gauff defeated three of the finest players in the world in a spectacular eight-day stretch, including Aryna Sabalenka, who last year advanced to back-to-back Grand Slam semi-finals, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, and Naomi Osaka, a four-time major champion.
However, the 18-year-old was cautious prior to her quarterfinal encounter with Simona Halep at the National Bank Open in Toronto. The No. 15 seed Halep defeated Gauff 6-4, 7-6 in straight sets for the fourth time in four tries. Another impressive victory for Halep, who outwitted Gauff with speed, elegance, angles, shifting tempos, and, at some crucial moments, a burst of power.
The only significant winner remaining among the quarterfinalists was Halep. Her reward is a semi-final showdown against the No. 7 seed Jessica Pegula on Saturday, who was a 6-3, 6-3 winner against Yulia Putintseva.