Tennis: Coco Gauff, Rebeka Masarova to face off in ASB Classic decider after convincing semi-final victories

Top seed Coco Gauff was relatively untroubled in her run to the ASB Classic final, reaching Sunday's decider with a convincing victory over seventh seed Danka Kovinic.

In an emphatic first set on centre court, it took 18-year-old American Gauff less than half an hour to stamp her mark on the first semi-final.

It took the top seed just 28 minutes to win the opening set, breaking Kovinic's serve three times on her way to a 6-0 win.

The second set saw Kovinic manage to break Gauff's serve, as well as win a service game of her own, but it was ultimately meaningless in her attempt to stop her opponent.

But despite Kovinic getting on the board, Gauff still broke serve another three times, and took the second set 6-2, to reach the final of the ASB Classic for the first time in her career, finally converting her fourth match point.

Gauff's performances in Auckland have been so emphatic heading into Sunday's final, that the teenager is yet to drop a set at this year's tournament.

Victory in the final would be Gauff's third career singles victory, and first since winning the Emilia-Romagna Open in March 2021.

Meanwhile, in the second semi-final, unseeded Rebeka Masarova will have the chance to win her first title in Auckland, after an equally emphatic win of her own.

Rebeka Masarova
Rebeka Masarova Photo credit: Photosport

Up against tournament surprise package Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium, the Spaniard needed just over an hour - 66 minutes - to march into the final in straight sets.

The 23-year-old broke serve four times across both sets, as well as sending down an impressive nine aces on her way to victory.

Masarova will face off against Gauff, looking for her first title since winning the ITF's Hamburg tournament in October 2022 - coincidentally with victory over Bonaventure.

However, should Masarova triumph over Gauff, the 2023 ASB Classic would be her first under the WTA banner.