Sabalenka crushes Gauff, books Indian Wells semis spot
Aryna Sabalenka has put on a serving masterclass to crush American Coco Gauff 6-4 6-0 and reach the semi-finals of the WTA event at Indian Wells.
The Australian Open champion never faced a break point on Wednesday and used her booming and accurate serve to dispatch 19-year-old Gauff.
Sabalenka appears to have put her past struggles with double faults firmly behind her, not committing a single one against Gauff, while pounding down five aces and winning 87 per cent of her first serves.
Gauff quickly fell 2-0 down in the first set and was unable to match the Belarusian's level despite playing well.
Second seed Sabalenka kept her foot on the gas to dominate the second set despite the southern California crowd's attempts to urge on the sixth-seeded local.
"I knew you guys wanted to send me home," a smiling Sabalenka told the crowd in an on-court interview.
"Thank you everyone for coming and supporting us, mostly her, but us. The atmosphere was unbelievable. I don't want to leave. I want to stay here as long as I can."
The hard-hitting Sabalenka will next face either seventh-seeded Greek Maria Sakkari or 15th-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova.