Advertisement

Gauff, Swiatek made to work for Miami Open progress

AP PHOTO

It took Coco Gauff a while to wake up, but when she did it was lights out for Oceane Dodin as the American third seed stormed back from 4-2 down to earn a 6-4 6-0 win and a place in the fourth round at the Miami Open.

Unlike early starter Gauff, world No.1 Iga Swiatek was working the night shift at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday - but she also had trouble getting in gear before taming Czech 26th seed Linda Noskova 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 6-4 to keep her bid on track for a second 'sunshine double' - back-to-back wins at Indian Wells and the Miami Open.

While Swiatek was not at her best, the effort was enough to improve her season record to 22-2 and set up a meeting with 14th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in the round of 16.

"Sometimes we have matches like that and we need to figure out how to close them," Swiatek said.

"There were many ups and downs. I'm happy that after the first set I had a better idea on what to do, and I tried to do that in important moments."

Gauff sleepwalked through much of her opening set in the first match of the day, but when the alarm went off the US Open champion swept 10 straight games to stun French lucky loser Dodin.

With Gauff pouring on the pressure, Dodin began to crumble, piling up nine double faults and 26 unforced errors.

"She's a big hitter. She likes the game on her terms," Gauff said.

"I was trying my best to get deep in the court and just weather the storm.

"I'm trying to improve with each match. Definitely playing a little bit better than I was last week in Indian Wells."

With the win, Gauff matched her best Miami result and will face Caroline Garcia - who outlasted Naomi Osaka 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 - for a place in the quarter-finals.

Helped by 16 aces, Garcia has now won two matches at a tournament for the first time since the China Open last October

After a disappointing day for the American men on Saturday when three of the top four seeds exited, the US women picked up the flag with fifth seed Jessica Pegula and 20th seed Emma Navarro also advancing.

Pegula, who has reached the Miami Open semi-finals for the last two years, took a step towards another last-four appearance with a 7-5 6-4 win over Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

Navarro, coming off a quarter-final run last week at Indian Wells where she beat Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka and world No.17 Elina Svitolina, continued her superb form in Miami with a 6-2 3-6 6-0 third round win over Italy's Jasmine Paolini.