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Coco Gauff Praises ‘Super Sweet’ Naomi Osaka Ahead Of US Open Showdown

Can the rising star cause a big upset at Flushing Meadows?

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Cori Gauff - US Open 2019 (photo via Twitter, @usopen)

Teenage sensation Coco Gauff has said she is intrigued by her upcoming clash with world No.1 Naomi Osaka at the US Open.

 

The 15-year-old wildcard sealed a placed in the third round of the draw after defeating Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Winning 83% of her first service points and producing 32 winners during a match that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours. Gauff is the youngest player to reach the last 32 of the US Open since Anna Kournikova back in 1996.

“I thought that the first set, I definitely was in control. In the second set, she raised her level and I wasn’t able to finish the set.” Said Gauff.
“But she played amazing. I thought I played well, too. It was a great match.”
“I did feel less nervous. I mean, when you first walk out on Armstrong in general, it’s a nervous feeling. So I’m glad that I was able to get through that first round. So today I was prepared and knew what to expect. I think that helped me in today’s match.” She added.

Guaff’s reward for her latest victory is a meeting with defending champion Osaka. The top seed experienced a more straightforward encounter in her second round match. Disposing of Poland’s Magda Linette 6-2, 6-4.

It will be the first time the two players have played each other on the tour. However, they have spoken to each other before off the court. Osaka was a year older than Gauff when she won her first WTA main draw match at the 2014 Stanford International.

“Obviously she’s an amazing player. She’s defending champion. She’s won two slams. She’s No. 1. She’s only 21. We’re both pretty young.” Gauff said of the world No.1.
“But I’m a little bit newer to the game. So I’m just curious to see how my game matches up against her. Obviously I want to win.”

In the past Gauff has served as a hitting partner to the Japanese player. Something she remembers fondly. Praising both Osaka and her family.

“I practiced with her, I think I was 13, at Miami Open. That was super cool. I was able to keep the ball on the court. I was super nervous. She’s prepping for a tournament so I didn’t want to mess up her practice.” The world No.140 recounted.
“She’s a super sweet person. My dad and her dad have known each other for a long time. They always talk all the time. We’ve known each other for quite a few times now. She’s a great person. She’s nice. Her mom is one of the nicest people ever. She’s so amazing. Her whole family is just great.”

As for Osaka, she sees similarities between her and the teenager off the court. Although she jokes that Gauff ‘knows what she’s doing.’ Whilst there is undoubtedly a mutual respect between the two players, the top seed is ready to see what all the fuss is about concerning the rising star.

“When I hear people talking about someone, I want to have the opportunity to play them just to assess it for myself.” She explained.

The third round clash will take place on Saturday.

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Daniil Medvedev Eyes Further Improvement Despite Straight Sets Win At Australian Open

The world No.4 rates his performance so far in the grand slam tournament.

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Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev believes he is yet to reach full throttle at the Australian Open after cruising into the third round of the tournament with a straight sets victory.

 

The US Open runner-up eased to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3, win over Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez Portero. Who was playing in the main draw of a grand slam for only the second time in his career at the age of 22. Dropping serve only one during the match, Medvedev blasted 19 aces and 40 winners past his rival. He also won 74% of his first service points.

Through to the last 32 in Melbourne Park for the second year in a row, the 23-year-old still believes that he could improve further on the court. Earlier in the week he also defeated Frances Tiafoe, who was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open last year.

“I think there are still some things to improve. I think I could be more aggressive few moments of the match.” Said Medvedev.
“At the same time when you win three sets, you don’t want to discuss too much your level or something.’
“Of course, my next match is going to be completely different, so I’m happy with the win and happy to finally win in three sets without a tiebreak.”

As well as battling Martinez on the court, Medvedev was also forced to temporarily halt his match due to a nose bleed. Which occurred during the second set when he was leading 5-0. The Russian insisted that his bleed was not tension related and is something he has gotten used to.

“Let’s say it happens maybe two times a year or maybe once.” He said.
“I remember it actually happened last year Australian Open in first round. I think it was the only time last year, so it can happen sometimes but it’s nothing.”

Medvedev is one of a group of players who have been tipped to break the dominance of the Big Three in grand slam tennis this year. A group consisting of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Last year he won 59 matches on the ATP Tour, which was more than anybody else.

Despite the high expectations, the world No.4 is playing down the hype surrounding him. Branding the Australian Open as ‘just another slam.’ It was during the last major at New York, where he reached his first final before losing to Nadal in three sets.

“I don’t know about other people, but for me, it’s just another slam where I have to win round by round again and again, where I had two tough rounds in my opinion in terms of games, especially the first one against Frances.” He stated.
“So I just take it as any new tournament, as an ATP one, any tournament I play. I just take it round by round. I try to win my matches.”

This year, Medvedev is seeking to go beyond the round round in Melbourne for the first time in his career.

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(VIDEO) Australian Open Day Three: Roger Federer Gains Momentum As Wind Causes Havoc

It was a blustery day at Melbourne Park but it failed to derail the big names in the tournament.

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Playing in only his second competitive match of 2020, Roger Federer has reminded his rivals of the threat he posed with a clinical win over Filip Krajinović where he dropped only five games. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic was in equally impressive shape during his victory over Japan’s Tatsuma Ito. In the women’s draw a fiery Serena Williams also blasted her was into the third round.

 

Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta reviews all the action that took place on Wednesday.

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Coach Of Dayana Yastremska Blasts Wozniacki’s Claim Of Fake Medical Timeout At Australian Open

One of the rising stars of the women’s tour is facing allegations of poor sportsmanship.

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The chief coach of Dayana Yastremska has insisted that the world No.21 had been suffering from a problem with her leg after it was alleged that she deliberate called a medical time out to disrupt her opponent’s momentum.

 

The 23rd seed crashed out of the Australian Open in straight sets on Wednesday to Caroline Wozniacki. Despite having a double break advantage during both of those sets. Towards the end of the match, proceedings were halted when Yastremska sought medical assistance. She called for a trainer whilst trailing 5-7, 4-5. Prompting the former world No.1 to question her motives on the court.

“Obviously she tried to break my rhythm. And at 5-4 I don’t think there is anything wrong. She was running just fine. So that’s a trick that she’s done before, and I knew that it was coming.” Wozniacki commented during her press conference.
“But I was just trying to stay focused. I had match point. I had chances. I didn’t take them. Some of them she played well; some of them I played too passively.’
“In the end I just tried to keep focusing, just keep grinding, keep hanging in there. And I finally made it at 6-5 for me, and that was a nice relief.”

Despite the timeout, it had little impact on the outcome. With the soon-to-be-retired Wozniacki prevailing 7-5, 7-5. A case of sweet revenge for the Dane who lost to Yastremska last year in Cincinnati.

The allegations made against the 19-year-old has prompted a furious response from her coach Sascha Bajin on social media. Bajin is best known for previously guiding Naomi Osaka to both of her grand slam titles and has also previously worked with Kristina Mladenovic.

“Just to shut some people up and end this useless convo. Dayana was really struggling since days with her leg, but since y’all are all doctors and coaches you know better then she herself or our whole team who’s working with her.” He wrote on Twitter.

Historically, Yastremska does have a history of taking late media timeouts during matches. In the final of the Thailand Open last year, she requested a break whilst down 2-5 in the final set of the title match. Upon resumption, she went on to win the title. Meanwhile, Kiki Bertens also previously cast shade on her rival.

“Well, I played her three times and three times it happened, so that’s my answer,” The Dutch player said earlier this month during the Brisbane International.

Yastremska have won three WTA titles so far in her career with two of those triumphs occurring last year. It is the first time she has failed to win back-to-back matches at a grand slam since the French Open.

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