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Coco Gauff, 15, Stuns Two-Time Grand Slam Champion Osaka At Australian Open

The rising star has caused another huge shock in women’s tennis.



Teenage sensation Coco Gauff has become the youngest player to defeat a top five opponent since 1991 after knocking reigning champion Naomi Osaka out of the Australian Open.

Gauff, who is making her debut in Melbourne, showed little signs of nerves throughout her milestone 6-3, 6-4, win. The most high-profile of her career to date. Despite her lack of experience, it was Osaka who was the more erratic of the two. The Japanese player leaked a total of 30 unforced errors, which amounted to 50% of the points Gauff won in the match. The teenager also won 76% of her first service points and 64% of second.

“Two years ago I lost the first round of the (Australian Open) juniors and now I’m here. This is crazy.” Gauff commented on her Australian Open run.
“I was just telling myself one point at a time and to keep fighting because you never know what happens on the court.”

Compared to their clash at the US Open last year, there was a different feel to this match. Underdog Gauff looked more determined and less intimidated on the court by the two-time grand slam champion. A sign of her rapid growth on the tour at such a young age. With both players matching each early on in the opener, Gauff secured her first breakthrough eight games in. Two consecutive Osaka backhand errors enabled the American to break for a 5-3 lead. Prompting huge shout of ‘come on’ from the teenager. Rapidly gaining momentum, she clinched then 6-3 lead with the help of a love service game.

Trading breaks at the start of the second frame, Gauff to continued to capitalize on the mistakes that was coming from across the court. Much to the displeasure of Osaka, who was far from her best. Easing to a game away from the biggest win of her career, Gauff faced her only blip in the encounter when she was broken whilst leading 5-3. However, a lacklustre Osaka was still no match for the American who sealed victory in the following game after a forehand from her opponent slammed into the net.

“Her serve is way better than I played her last year.” A disappointed Osaka reflected in her press conference.
“It’s hard because you learn more when you lose. The winner doesn’t really learn that much. I feel like I wasn’t really swinging freely and she was.”

The teenage prodigy is still getting used to life on the tour and is still restricted to how many tournaments she can play under rules set out by the WTA. Joking after her win over Osaka that the deadline for her homework assignments has been delayed ‘because of the circumstances.’

In the last 16, Gauff will play either compatriot Sofia Kenin or China’s Zhang Shuai. Star struck by her latest achievement, when asked about the upcoming match she at first innocently replied ‘right now, I don’t care.’

“Kenin, I’ve been seeing her. We used to train at the same place years ago. I don’t remember. And also Zhang she’s a great player and puts a lot of balls into place.” She previewed.

Gauff is the youngest player to defeat a member of the top five since Jennifer Capriati at the 1991 US Open.

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities



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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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Iga Looks To Be In A league All to Herself At Paris

Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth Roland Garros title in Paris.



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Just call her Iga. No other identification is needed.

As the years go by, Iga’s notoriety is sure to grow.

She’s probably already earned a spot in tennis’ Hall of Fame.

Yes, Iga Swiatek is a name to remember. A hero in her native Poland, a superstar in the world of sports.


Iga just added to her stardom Saturday with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over little-known Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third straight French Open title. This was Paolini’s chance to make a name for herself, but she didn’t have the game to make it happen.

Iga was just too good. She made it look too easy.

Paolini could hit some great ground strokes, but when she looked up a bigger shot was on its way back. Iga doesn’t look like a power hitter, but she is.


The 23-year-old Polish Wonder finished the first set winning five straight games, then started the second set winning five more games in succession. The 28-year-old Paolini didn’t seem to have a clue on how to upend Swiatek.

It took just 78 minutes for Iga to win her fifth Grand Slam title.

She’s a lot like her French Open hero, Rafa Nadal.

She takes every match seriously.


No wonder Iga owns a 35-2 record at Roland Garos. Or that she has won 21 straight matches. Or that she owns a 5-0 record in Grand Slam finals.

She only dominated opponents, except for Naomi Osaka in the second round. Swiatek escaped a match point in that one and didn’t look back.

Iga’s game should be just as superb on the green grass of upcoming Wimbledon.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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