Following their match at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, Naomi Osaka praised Cori Gauff and called the American teenager “very much a star.” Gauff overcame Osaka 6-4 6-4 on Thursday to go to the quarterfinal in San Jose.
It was their fourth encounter, leaving a 2-2 head-to-head record between them. “She is definitely a star. It’s really obvious. She is crucial to the game. She was the first player to message me after Roland Garros last year after I withdrew, and I’ve never forgotten that.
She has my undying devotion and acts much older than her years “Osaka disclosed to WTA insider.
On fending off seven match points in the second set, Osaka
“I became aware while playing that I had been allowing people to label me as mentally weak for so long that I had lost sight of who I was.
Even though I lost today, I still have a lot of self-confidence. I feel as though I can handle the stress. The pressure is me. I’m overjoyed about it “Osaka clarified. The fifth game of the match included the first break points, which were converted by Gauff to break Osaka and take a 3-2 lead in the opening set.
Gauff won the opening set by frequently holding on to Osaka’s serve for the remainder of the set after breaking her. In the second set, Osaka served out the first game before Gauff secured back-to-back breaks and won the following five games to take a 5-1 lead.
Gauff squandered four match points in the seventh game, which would have given her a chance to win her sixth straight match. Gauff failed to serve out the match in the eighth game after wasting three match points. Gauff then missed three additional match chances in the ninth game when Osaka was serving.
Gauff was able to regain her composure and serve out the match on her second attempt in the tenth game after squandering a total of seven match points.