The WTA‘s 12th-ranked teen sensation said of losing to Caroline Garcia of France at the U.S. Open: “I think she’s gotten a lot better since the last time I played her. quarterfinal spot for the Open.
When Gauff was eliminated from the final Major of the year, it was clear that her ego had suffered a significant blow, but things weren’t meant to be, and perhaps better times were ahead. Gauff has a 2-0 record versus the beaming Frenchwoman going into the New York Slam.
When they first met in February of this year in Doha, the teenager easily defeated her in all three sets. Earlier, Gauff defeated Garcia in three sets in Indian Wells in October of last year to win. Many fans are baffled by what has changed since that time and cannot believe this whole discovery.
Before winning the French Open doubles championship with partner Kristina Mladenovic, Garcia had won 13 straight matches, including eight in the Western & Southern Open, advanced from qualification, and defeated three players ranked in the top 10.
Garcia put up a great performance in the opening set, however it’s unclear if Gauff was aware of her impressive resume. The stunned supporters of Gauff were shocked as she rapidly moved up to a 4-0 lead. Garcia controlled the action from the baseline, blasted excellent serves, and maintained her pace to win 6-3, 6-4 in a near to two-hour spectacle.
There were a few shouts of “Let’s Go Coco,” but Garcia’s performance and court noise completely silenced the crowd. Gauff did have a strong showing at the French Open by making it all the way to the championship match. within the U.S.
The quarterfinals of the open were fiercely competitive for a teenager who has won a few tournaments but lacks the necessary age or experience. She had defeated Madison Keys and tenacious Zhang at this Slam in addition to Canadians Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep and German Karolina Pliskova.
She still needs to retrieve those winning tactics from her racketbag. For the teen with extraordinary talents and grit, there will be great and bigger things to come. “Overall, I’m incredibly proud of this competition.
But I want more, so perhaps next year “A tiny smile of hope could be seen as she spoke. The tennis community has frequently remarked that she is still young and that she has a bright future in terms of winning tournaments and Slams.
Her bucket list will be full if she can make it past the first round of the “Down Under” event in January, where the next Major will be held in Australia.