In Beijing, the China Open witnessed some thrilling matches on Tuesday as top-ranked Aryna Sabalenka and U.S. Open champion Coco Gauff fought their way through tricky second-round opponents. Sabalenka, who made her debut as the No. 1 seed in Beijing, showed her resilience by coming from a break down in each set to defeat qualifier Katie Boulter 7-5, 7-6 (2).
Reflecting on her victory, Sabalenka stated, “In the key moments, I played a little bit better than her. I think it was all about the last games in each set. I mean, she had the opportunity. I’m super happy that I didn’t give her those sets easily.” Sabalenka’s next challenge will be facing the 36th-ranked Jasmine Paolini in the last 16.
Meanwhile, the third-ranked Coco Gauff faced a tough battle against Petra Martic. Gauff had to rally from a break down in the deciding set to secure a hard-fought 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (2) victory. Martic served for the match after breaking Gauff and taking a 5-4 lead, but the American teenager broke back and eventually dominated the tiebreaker. Gauff’s resilient performance showcased her determination and fighting spirit.
In another thrilling match, fourth-seeded Jessica Pegula fought back from a set down to defeat Anna Blinkova 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-1. Pegula, who was a finalist at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo just a few days earlier, showed her mental and physical strength to secure her place in the next round. She will face 13th-seeded Julia Ostapenko in the upcoming match.
The tournament also saw some surprising upsets in the second round. Marta Kostyuk ousted the seventh-seeded Ons Jabeur with a dominating performance, winning 7-6 (5), 6-1. Ninth-seeded Caroline Garcia also had her fair share of challenges but managed to overcome Yulia Putintseva with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory. Additionally, China’s Wang Xinyu impressed the home crowd by defeating 11th-seeded Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-2.
In the men’s competition, the semifinals were set to take place later on Tuesday. The second-ranked Carlos Alcaraz was scheduled to face the sixth-seeded Jannik Sinner in what promised to be an exciting match. On the other hand, the third-ranked Daniil Medvedev was set to meet the eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev in the second semifinal.
Overall, the China Open provided tennis fans with a thrilling day of matches, showcasing the resilience, determination, and skill of some of the world’s top-ranked players. With each victory, these athletes moved one step closer to claiming the coveted title. The tournament continued to be a platform for upsets and surprises, leaving spectators eagerly anticipating the upcoming matches and the crowning of new champions.