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Coco Gauff, 15, Stuns Title-Holder Osaka At Australian Open

 

 

Unseeded 15-year-old Coco Gauff beat reigning champion Naomi Osaka in straight units in a serious upset on the Australian Open on Friday.

The American prodigy, making her Melbourne debut this 12 months, beat the third seed 6-3, 6-4 within the third spherical to avenge her heavy defeat finally 12 months’s US Open.

The youngest participant within the draw will play 14th seed Sofia Kenin of the United States or China’s Zhang Shuai.

“Oh my gosh. Two years ago I lost the first round in the juniors and now I’m here — this is crazy,” stated Gauff.

“I was just telling myself one point at a time and just keep fighting because you never know what happens on this court.”

This was the second installment of a budding rivalry that would mild up tennis for the following decade or extra, having met on the US Open, the place Osaka received simply.

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The teenager Gauff, who hung out coaching with Serena Williams within the low season, had stated she can be much less nervous and extra aggressive this time spherical.

And so it proved as they rattled by way of the primary 5 video games in just quarter-hour on the 15,000-capacity Rod Laver Arena.

Osaka, a relative veteran at age 22, fired into the online to drop serve in recreation eight after which racked up extra unforced errors in gifting Gauff the primary set in 32 minutes.

“Come on!” shouted Gauff, ranked 67 however quick making a reputation for herself as probably the most thrilling prospect in girls’s tennis.

The younger American carried the momentum into the primary recreation of the second set, breaking a subdued and rattled Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion.

The Japanese broke again for 1-1 when Gauff volleyed into the online, nevertheless it was a uncommon mistake by the American and he or she broke as soon as extra, earlier than serving for the match at 5-4.

The nerveless teenager clinched victory on the primary match level when Osaka fired into the online.

Gauff introduced herself to the sporting world at Wimbledon final 12 months when, as a qualifier, she shocked Venus Williams within the first spherical.

She did the identical factor to the seven-time Grand Slam champion on her Melbourne debut this week, then got here again from a set and 3-0 right down to defeat Sorana Cirstea on Wednesday.

When Gauff and Osaka met 5 months in the past in New York, additionally in spherical three, then-world primary Osaka crushed the tearful and overawed teenager 6-3, 6-0 in slightly over an hour.

That first conflict was memorable additionally for what occurred afterward when {the teenager} cried and Osaka consoled her earlier than Osaka herself started welling up.

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