Varvara Gracheva was defeated by US Open champion Coco Gauff to advance to the Auckland Classic semifinals in preparation for the Australian Open.
Gauff, who is only 19 years old, completed a 6-1 6-1 quarterfinal triumph in 52 minutes, advancing her to face fellow American Emma Navarro in the round of four.
The Australian Open commences on January 14 in Melbourne.
In the meantime, Harriet Dart, a British national, has advanced to her most prestigious career final, the Canberra International.
Katie Volynets of the United States was defeated 7-5 3-6 7-5 by 27-year-old Dart in the WTA 125 series tournament, the tier immediately below the full WTA Tour.
The British number three competes in the final on Saturday against Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain before traveling to Melbourne on Monday for Australian Open qualifying.
Dart would be on the verge of reentering the top 100 with a victory.
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Gauff has never advanced past the fourth round of the Australian Open; in 2023 and 2020, she reached that stage. However, the indications are encouraging as she attempts to defend her title at the Auckland Classic.
“I believe I served exceptionally well, if not the best I’ve performed thus far in the tournament. This is an area I’ve been honing during the off-season. “I am extremely satisfied with my performance,” Gauff said.
Elsewhere, Victoria Azarenka, who has won the Australian Open twice, and world number four Elena Rybakina have advanced to the Brisbane International semi-finals.
In the quarterfinals, Kazakhstan’s Rybakina will face Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic, after Anastasia Potapova withdrew with a gastrointestinal issue after the first set.
Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, defeated Jelena Ostapenko, the third-seeded player from Latvia, in two hours and thirty minutes, 6-3 3-6 7-5.