She never stops breaking early records. At 15, the American Coco Gauff beat (6-3, 6-4), this Friday, January 24, in the third round of the Australian Open, the world number 3 and defending champion in Melbourne, the Japanese Naomi Osaka. This is the first time that the teenager, who had beaten her compatriot Venus Williams for her entry into the tournament, has offered herself a player so highly ranked. “Two years ago, I lost in the first round of the junior tournament and here I am today, it's crazy! ", Recalled the young player just after her feat.
Since the Wimbledon tournament, the tennis world has been watching its outings. On the London turf, the protege of French coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who coached her in her Biot academy (Alpes-Maritimes) had reached the knockout stages. In September, it rose to the third round of the US Open before winning its first title on the WTA circuit in Linz, Austria, in October.
That winning moment 🤗 # AO2020 | #AusOpen | @CocoGauff pic.twitter.com/tQYKTKAZDN- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2020
In the round of 16, the one who ranked 67th in the world before the Australian Open will face the Chinese Zhang Shuai (35th) or another American, Sofia Kenin (15th). This Friday in Melbourne, US tennis lost Serena Williams, who fell against Chinese Qiang Wang (6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 7-5), but got even more passion for Coco Gauff.
Gauff brings a breath of youth to women's tennis. At the exit of the short Rod Laver - named after the former Australian champion - she exclaimed: "I never met Rod Laver, but we would have to organize an appointment, I need a selfie with him for Instagram. "