In an impressive display of resilience, 17-year-old Coco Gauff fought her way to victory in the third round of the China Open. The American tennis prodigy saved four set points before defeating the 16th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova with a score of 7-6 (5), 6-2. This triumph extends Gauff’s winning streak to an impressive 15 matches, making her the longest-running streak holder on the WTA Tour this season. Gauff’s winning spree includes her recent triumph at the Cincinnati title and her remarkable US Open victory last month.
“I’m really happy with how I’ve been able to manage,” Gauff expressed elation after her win. She acknowledged the difficulties she encountered in adapting her playstyle to the challenging conditions, stating, “I had trouble finding the way I wanted to play in these conditions. I felt like the balls were flying in the first match and playing passive in the second.” However, Gauff’s determination and adaptability allowed her to troubleshoot and problem-solve effectively, enabling her to deliver a strong performance overall.
Gauff’s next opponent in the quarterfinals will be the sixth-seeded Maria Sakkari. Gauff anticipates a tough battle against Sakkari, recognizing her as one of the most athletic players on the tour. Gauff’s relentless spirit and exceptional skills will undoubtedly make this an exciting matchup to watch.
Despite facing a setback in the first set, where Kudermetova led 5-4, 40-0, the Russian player failed to convert the lead into a set victory. Her inability to capitalize on the four set points allowed Gauff to bounce back and seize control of the match. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest opportunities can make a significant difference in high-stakes professional tennis.
In other matches at the China Open, ninth-seeded Caroline Garcia secured a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Anhelina Kalinina. Garcia’s next challenge will be against the second-ranked Iga Swiatek. Fans can also anticipate an exciting match between top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka and Jasmine Paolini, set to take place later in the day.
Moving away from the China Open, the Shanghai Masters featured some noteworthy matches. Gregoire Barrere emerged victorious in the first round, defeating Nuno Borges with a commanding 6-2, 6-2. Barrere’s impressive performance sets up an exciting encounter with top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz in the next round. Another incident in the tournament involved Stefano Napolitano, who advanced to the main draw after his qualifier opponent, Marc Polmans, was disqualified for hitting the ball into the face of the chair umpire. However, Napolitano’s journey was cut short as he lost to qualifier Beibit Zhukayev with a score of 7-5, 7-5.
The top 32 seeded players, including Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev, received a first-round bye and will now prepare to compete in the second round on Saturday. With the anticipation of these players stepping onto the court, fans eagerly await the intensity and fierce competition that the Shanghai Masters will bring.
Coco Gauff’s remarkable winning streak continues to capture attention and admiration within the tennis community. Her ability to overcome challenges, adapt to adverse conditions, and demonstrate unwavering determination highlights her potential to become a future star of the sport. As Gauff proceeds to the quarterfinals of the China Open, the excitement surrounding her journey intensifies. Tennis fans worldwide eagerly await the upcoming matches, both at the China Open and the Shanghai Masters, as the competition remains fierce and unpredictable.