ASB Classic

Gauff closes in on ASB Classic title

Top seed Gauff was in a class of her own as she came out firing to dominate in the straight sets 6-0, 6-2 victory.

Fans applauded warmly for the American world number 7 as tennis returned to the outdoor courts at Stanley Street after days of rain forced games indoors.

Gauff, 18, controlled the match through strong serving, powerful groundstrokes and impressive movement around the court.

Kovinich called the trainer onto court in the second set to have her knee strapped. After a stellar tournament to progress to the later stages, she was barely in the contest today.

Big names on centre court at ASB Classic

Twenty-three-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, American teen Cori 'Coco' Gauff and former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard are all in action.

Fifteen-year-old Gauff will get her first hit out of the year against last year's semi-finalist Victoria Kuzmova in the first round of singles on centre court.