April 20, 2021

Coco Gauff, 16, beats No. 2 seed to succeed in Lexington quarters – tennis

American teenager Coco Gauff overcame some shaky serving Wednesday to beat No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-Four and attain the Prime Seed Open quarterfinals along with her third profession victory over a top-15 opponent.

The 16-year-old Gauff hit 10 double-faults and was damaged seven occasions.

“I assume,” she stated afterward, “every thing was an ‘A’ however the serving.” She was capable of hold in there with regular baseline play in opposition to the hard-hitting Sabalenka, who had 14 double-faults, together with 4 in a single recreation.

It was a topsy-turvy match that lasted almost three hours and featured a little bit of confusion when Gauff and her father, Cori, obtained right into a dialogue with the chair umpire about what kind of teaching is allowed underneath adjusted guidelines the WTA put in place just lately.

Of extra concern to Gauff was the best way she was beginning off factors in her service video games. At one level, she implored herself: “I’ve obtained to make the primary serves. Come on.” Gauff’s plan after dropping the second set? “Simply to remain calm and composed,” she stated in an on-court TV interview afterward, “and making her play balls.” That labored.

Sabalenka is ranked 11th, behind solely No. 9 Serena Williams among the many ladies entered within the hard-court match that’s the first skilled tennis occasion in the US for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gauff is No. 53 however ought to now return inside the highest 50.

Subsequent up for her is a match Friday in opposition to No. eight seed Ons Jabeur, who produced 10 aces whereas eliminating Olga Govortsova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Govortsova had been in search of her first WTA quarterfinal since 2014.

The opposite quarterfinal on that facet of the draw will likely be Marie Bouzkova in opposition to Jennifer Brady, who beat No. 6 seed Magda Linette 6-2, 6-Three in Wednesday’s final match. Bouzkova adopted up her upset of No. Three Johanna Konta within the first spherical by defeating Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday.

Thursday’s second-round motion will embody the 31st profession matchup between Williams and her older sister, Venus.