Gauff Takes Lead on Women’s Side At US Open

by Xara Aziz
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Coco Gauff has advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open Wednesday in an attempt that an American player will become champion at Flushing Meadows.

Leading the women’s side is Gauff, who delivered a stunning 6-3 6-2 win over Russia’s Mirra Andreeva in a tug-of-war between young talent.

Gauff who led court titles in Washington and Cincinnati, transformed four of her five break-point prospects and relinquished her serve only once during a 76-minute match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 19-year-old Atlanta native explained that part of her success in winning the match was taking a more bellicose methodology in her second meeting with Andreeva.

“She’s the type of player if you give her something she’s going to take advantage and today I think I did well making her play off her back foot,” Gauff told Reuters. “But Mirra, I think she has a great future ahead of her, I’ve been in her position before … she’s going to be back on this stage many more times in the future.”

The report further added that: “it was a much more routine day at the office considering she had to dig deep to secure a comeback win in an opening match that left her frustrated with the amount of time her opponent, Laura Siegemund, took between points.”

The next round features “Belgian 32nd seed Elise Mertens, who was a 3-6 7-6(7) 6-1 winner over American Danielle Collins in a match that lasted nearly three hours,” according to Reuters. “Another U.S. player heading for the exit was Wimbledon quarter-finalist Chris Eubanks, the 28th seed falling 7-6(6) 2-6 6-2 7-6(7) to wildcard Benjamin Bonzi of France.”

Britannica states that “Gauff, in full Cori Dionne Gauff, (born March 13, 2004, Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.) [is an] American professional tennis player who rose to prominence in the sport by beating Venus Williams, one of her childhood idols, at the Wimbledon Championships when Gauff was just 15 years old.”

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