The 15-year-old racket Coco Gauff turned Naomi Osaka into a former champion, winning 6-3, 6-4 in the third round on January 24.
Gauff used to cry when he lost to Osaka 3-6, 0-6 in the US Open last year. But after just over four months, the 15-year-old eliminated the Japanese senior at the next Grand Slam. While Osaka played under strength, Gauff saved every opportunity to make his first entry into the fourth round of the Australian Open.
The Battle of Gauff – Osaka takes place with the same context and context similar to the previous duel between Wang Qiang and Serena Williams, where the Chinese tennis player owns 23 Grand Slam. Gauff played enduring and sharpening, and Osaka kept making mistakes. The 2019 champion broke himself 30 times, including 16 times in the set two and four times in the game deciding the match.
Gauff said before the game that she would not be as afraid of Osaka as she was in the previous match, and proved it through a performance on the field. The biggest difference between Gauff and Osaka is the attitude of the competition.
While Gauff was determined on every ball, Osaka was superficial and impatient. The world number four player loses the game at hinge set 1 and loses the match set with a score of 3-6. Osaka has seven winners in this set but has 14 self-defeating errors.
Has stronger fighting power than Gauff, but Osaka is weaker than in durable balls. Japanese tennis player only wins 33% of the ball in both matches. She lost the first set game, but also won the game immediately after.
By the seventh game, Osaka made four self-defeating mistakes and lost another delivery game. In the deciding game, she returns three times after Gauff’s serve, before hitting the net at the decisive point.
Winning 6-3, 6-4, Gauff became the youngest person to beat the top 5 seed player in the Grand Slam in the past 29 years, since Jennifer Capriati eliminated Gabriela Sabatini in the US Open 1991. The 15-year-old has been Rod Laver congratulated on Twitter, after she said she wanted to take a selfie with the Australian legend and post it on Instagram. In the fourth round, Gauff will meet Zhang Shuai or American compatriot Sofia Kenin.