Coco Gauff Advances To US Open Quarterfinals At The Age Of 15
Coco Gauff raised her fist and vigorously wagged her finger. This made the loud stadium even louder as the crowd stood and screamed.
Coco Gauff’s opponent in the US Open, Shuai Zhang, put both hands over her ears to block out what she later described as “a big sound.”
Coco Gauff and her fans were excitedly discussing the point in which she quickly ran left to a defensive forehand and then changed directions to sprint and slide into a backhand that drew a netted volley from Zhang. Just four points later, Gauff was in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for the first time.
Coco Gauff, the youngest American to make it this far at the U.S. Open in years, defeated Zhang in straight sets of 7-5, 7-5.
“I’m really excited for the match and then to see what I do tomorrow. In New York I’ve been able to show a side of myself that I don’t usually get to, so it’s cool,” said the number 12 seed.
After trailing 4-5 in the first set, and 3-5 in the second, Coco was buoyed by the spectators that chanted her name, and cheered for her every point.
With a 4-0 win at Arthur Ashe Stadium, she has improved to 4-0 so far this year. She had never won before during her matches at the biggest arena for a Grand Slam tennis event.
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The noise inside the tennis court became so loud that Gauff’s father got a headache. He had to take an Advil pill. He kept pinching himself so he would not get too excited about the audience full of people coming to watch his daughter play. Gauff was also pumped up and managed to inspire the fans in the crowd.
Zhang said that she has never heard as much noise at a match as there was at this one. She is 33 years old and the oldest woman at this stage of the tournament.
She said that Coco Gauff is a superstar, and she has more energy and speed than her.
It’s easier to win in tennis when your opponent is at their baseline, and they are winning exchanges that go on for five or more strokes. Gauff claimed the majority of points.
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Coco Gauff’s excited to play in the U.S., and she feels ready to win a Slam in New York.
And in the final match of that portion of the tournament, No. 4 Ajla Tomljanovic defeated No. 3 Ons Jabeur.
In unseeded matches, players can advance with a win over their opponent. Tomljanovic took down Liudmila Samsonova 7-6 (8), 6-1 in Louis Armstrong Stadium, while Jabeur won against No. 18 Veronika Kudermetova 7-6 (1), 6-4.
Tomljanovic, an Australian player is on her third Grand Slam quarterfinals after two years at Wimbledon. She beat Williams in a three-set match and will be the last game of the 23-time champion’s career.
The artificial lights in the stadium weren’t powerful enough to light the court in a cloudy state, so the roof had to be closed. The match proceeds despite its dark conditions inside.
Zhang started to get better halfway through the second set, and when she made a backhand winner of her own, she broke to lead 5-3.
When Stosur served for the championship in the US Open doubles last year, she was one point away from winning but Gauff were able to stop her.
On a fourth break point in that game, Coco Gauff smacked the ball down line for an outstanding backhand winner. This started a long winning streak for the rest of the game before capturing her fifth set point to win the match.
About Cori Gauff
Cori Gauff has a career-high ranking of world No. 11 in singles. She also reached the world-number-one spot in doubles.
Gauff is the youngest WTA champion in more than a decade. She has won two singles titles and five doubles titles, partnering with Caty McNally on three occasions.
Gauff is a 20-year-old American tennis player who became famous after beating Venus Williams at Wimbledon in the opening round.
Gauff grew up to be a tennis player, progressing through the ranks and eventually reaching the women’s Wimbledon semi-finals.
Sydni Gauff had success at a young age, earning a sponsor spot to train in France at the prestigious Patrick Mouratoglou Academy. At just 13 years old, she was the youngest finalist to take home the US Open trophy in 2017.
She is ranked 1 in the world from her win at the 2018 French Open. She’s also a junior Grand Slam doubles champion, coming in first at the 2018 US Open.
Gauff made her debut on the WTA Tour in Miami earlier this year and had her first win. She received a wildcard to qualify at Wimbledon, making her the youngest player ever to make a main draw of the tournament!
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At the age of 15, she reached her first major final. By 2021, she had reached a major final in doubles and in 2022 she had achieved the same in singles.
Everyone knows how talented Coco Gauff is, as she qualified for Wimbledon at 15. She beat Venus Williams in the first round and made it all the way to the fourth.
She has achieved many milestones in the past month, such as becoming a doubles No.1 and her ever-improving game is closer to her goal of being a singles No. 1 and achieving a major title.
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“I hope she’s going to stay there for the rest of the tournament,” said Corey Gauff.