The Silicon Valley Classic’s second-round matchup between Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka on Thursday did not dissapoint. The match was won by the sixth-seeded Gauff with an apparent ease, 6-4, 6-4, but it took him an hour and 28 minutes to complete the victory after being put to the test late in the match.
Gauff defeated Osaka 69 percent to 85 percent in first-serve points. Compared to her opponent’s 12, she had seven more victories at the end of the game. Gauff failed to convert the lone break point she faced but managed to break the former world number one three times.
One’s serve. Gauff shared her comments following the game and remarked, “I think tonight showed that I improved in all aspects. I anticipated that playing Naomi would be difficult. She possesses one of the strongest baseline games in the league, in my opinion.
When I play her, I am aware that those baseline rallies are where she will catch me if she ends up winning the game. I believe that today I actually stood my ground and outperformed her in a significant number of those rallies. That merely demonstrates how far I’ve come.
I’m thrilled it’s coming together after spending so many hours on the court over the last three weeks. Gauff will take against Paula Badosa, the second seed, in the quarterfinals.
American citizens leave Silicon Valley in a classic
Shelby Rogers, a fellow countryman of Gauff, pulled off the day’s biggest upset, though.
In their round of 16 match, Rogers upset Maria Sakkari, the top seed in the draw, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and twelve minutes. Compared to Sakkari’s 52 percent, Rogers won 76 percent of the points off her first serves. She also successfully converted four of the ten break points she faced on the Greek’s serve, saving all three of the break points she faced.
Next up for Rogers is a match against fellow American Amanda Anisimova. Veronika Kudermetova, the ninth seed, defeated Claire Liu 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals. It took Kudermetova one hour and 43 minutes to complete the task.
She’ll take on Ons Jabeur in an attempt to get to the semifinals. Last but not least, fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka advanced to the Silicon Valley Classic quarterfinals by defeating American Caroline Dolehide after a two-hour struggle.
Sabalenka lost the first set but recovered to win the match with scores of 5-7, 6-1, and 7-5. She will face Daria Kasatkina, the seventh seed. Image Source: WTA Twitter