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Iga Swiatek marches into Italian Open final with dominant win over Coco Gauff

Iga Swiatek's dominance over Coco Gauff continued as she beat the American for the tenth time in 11 matches to reach the final of the Italian Open in Rome.

The two biggest young stars in the women's game are likely to do battle many more times in their careers but Gauff has a lot of work to do if she is to make it a real rivalry.

She defeated Swiatek in Cincinnati last summer but has failed to win a set in the other ten matches and, despite a great start on the Italian clay, fell to a 6-4 6-3 loss.

The world number one is on an 11-match winning streak after lifting the trophy in Madrid a fortnight ago and will bid to make it back-to-back titles this weekend.

Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka awaits her in Saturday's final after she overcame American Danielle Collins 7-5 6-2.

Gauff, who lost to Swiatek in her first grand slam final at the French Open two years ago, came out firing, breaking serve at the first opportunity.

She had two chances to make it 3-0 but could not convert them and from there the top seed began to take control, eventually winning the opening set when Gauff's serve let her down.

The American fought hard to try to stay with Swiatek in the second set and had one chance to get back on serve at 4-3 but she could not take it and her challenge came to an end shortly afterwards.

An unpredictable men's tournament continued to throw up surprises, with American Tommy Paul defeating seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 3-6 6-3 in a quarter-final featuring 13 breaks of serve.

Chile's Nicolas Jarry will play Paul in the semi-finals after he battled back from a set down to beat two-time grand slam finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6 7-5 6-4.

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