Tennis: Coco Gauff powers closer to ASB Classic title, reaches second straight final with win over Emma Navarro

As she's done all week, Coco Gauff has advanced at the ASB Classic, reaching Sunday's final with little hassle courtesy of a straight sets 6-3, 6-1 win over fellow American Emma Navarro.  

Despite the threat of rain disrupting Saturday's matches at Stanley Street, Gauff made short work of her opponent, this time coming in the shape of her compatriot and tournament fourth seed.  

Having reached the last four by sealing victory inside an hour on Friday, Gauff needed only 62 minutes to book her spot in Sunday's decider, justifying her tag as the tournament's top seed.   

In defence of her title won at the start of 2023, Gauff is yet to drop a set at this year's tournament, after winning her first ASB Classic title in similar fashion.   

The world No.3 sent down 10 aces in just over an hour on court, and broke Navarro's serve four times to earn her spot in Sunday's decider.

In the fourth game of the day, Gauff broke Navarro's serve, and took less than a quarter of an hour to race out to a 4-1 lead.   

Navarro pulled a game back, only to see play halted by rain. The players returned after a short break, where Gauff won the two games needed to secure the first set in just 30 minutes, 25 when discounting the rain.  

As sunshine bathed the ASB Tennis Arena, Gauff asserted her dominance with another two breaks to start the second set, before holding serve to go 5-1 up and leave Navarro attempting to save match point.  

But despite taking the game to deuce, Navarro could only delay the inevitable, as Gauff powered into her second ASB Classic final in as many years.   

Gauff will face the winner of Saturday's second semi-final, where second seed Elina Svitolina will meet unseeded Xiyu Wang for a place in the final.