Italian Open 2024: Coco Gauff beats Qinwen Zheng, sets semifinal clash with Iga Swiatek

Coco Gauff scored her first Top 10 victory of the season in the quarterfinals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Tuesday night in Rome by beating No.7 seed and Australian Open finalist Zheng Qinwen 7-6(4), 6-1.

Pratyusha Bhawar
New Update
Coco Gauff (Source - Twitter)

Coco Gauff (Source: X)

Listen to this article
0.75x 1x 1.5x
00:00 / 00:00

Tennis star player Coco Gauff had outclassed Qinwen Zheng by 7-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the game to make herself in the semi-final of the ongoing Italian Open 2024 taking place in Rome on Tuesday. Notably, the 20-year-old has one of her best wins of this year, which made her move to the semi-finals of the international BNL d'Italia.

Notably, Coco Gauff has just reached one semi-final this year as she continues to suffer from her forehand and her serve. However, the young player had worked extremely hard to mark her spectacular comeback in Rome. Gauff is now set to face Iga Swiatek in the next clash.

Meanwhile, Zheng reveals that motivation is lacking in her life. The star player reveals that she lost momentum and hunger after the Australian Open and she wasn't very focused on the game. The great star reveals that she now needs to change her mentality to make a comeback in court ahead of the French Open 2024, taking place on May 26.

"After Australia, there was a couple stages for me when I lose the [hunger]. In practice, I was not so focused. After a couple losses, I start to say, ‘Well, maybe time to change my mentality again. I jump on the court, I say to myself that I want to show my good tennis again and to really compete with her," said Zheng.

I spent a lot of time just working on different parts of my game: Coco Gauff

However, Coco Gauff is ecstatic to make it to the semi-finals. The young player is confident about her win and will be looking to work in the right direction of the game to work hard to defeat the winner of the Mutua Madrid Open 2024.

“I feel confidence in the way I work,” Gauff says. “I spent a lot of time just working on different parts of my game. I feel like it’s in the right direction and I’m working hard," said Coco Gauff.

Italian Open Coco Gauff