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Coco Gauff Battles Errors to Reach Australian Open Semis
- Updated: January 23, 2024
In a thrilling and error-filled match at the Australian Open, Coco Gauff secured her place in the semifinals by defeating Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-2. Despite facing a 5-1 deficit, Gauff showed remarkable resilience, saving two set points to claim the opening set in a tiebreaker. The battle extended to a deciding set, with Gauff ultimately emerging victorious after a 3-hour, 8-minute encounter.
Gauff expressed pride in her performance during a post-match on-court interview, acknowledging Kostyuk as a tough opponent. The American player, ranked fourth, reflected on the challenging nature of their matches, emphasizing her determination to fight and leave everything on the court.
Despite the Melbourne heat, Gauff’s game was marked by 51 unforced errors, nine double faults, and 17 winners. However, she navigated the challenges to set up a semifinal meeting with either defending champion Aryna Sabalenka or No. 9 Barbora Krejcikova.
Hailing from South Florida, Gauff quipped about being accustomed to the heat, noting that it gets even hotter back home. The 17-year-old phenom, known for her poise and maturity on the court, extended her impressive winning streak in Grand Slam tournaments. Following her triumph at the US Open last September, Gauff has now won 12 consecutive matches in major tournaments.
Expressing her excitement about playing on Rod Laver Arena, Gauff remarked on the presence of many American flags in the venue. Her journey to the semifinals adds another chapter to her burgeoning career, and fans are eager to see how far she can go in the Australian Open.
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By- Sahiba Suri