American tennis player Coco Gauff has been eliminated from the Australian Open after losing to reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals. Sabalenka will compete in the final against China’s Qinwen Zheng. This is the first time Sabalenka has reached back-to-back finals at the Australian Open since Serena Williams did it in 2016 and 2017. Gauff put up a strong fight, but ultimately lost due to Sabalenka’s steady play and taking advantage of her mistakes. Gauff expressed pride in her performance and felt she played more aggressively in this match compared to their previous matchup at the U.S. Open.