Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

US Open Glance: Gauff, 15, to meet Osaka in Day 6 showdown

US Open Glance: Gauff, 15, to meet Osaka in Day 6 showdown

It was another Cinderella win for American Coco Gauff after she defeated Timea Babos 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the US Open. There are 12-hour windows scheduled Saturday-Monday starting at 11 a.m. Gauff is the youngest player in the US Open third round since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

In this case, it might just be justified.

Gauff, who flaunted a refreshing fall print on court, arrived for her post-match media interaction in a white tee that screamed, "call me Coco". And yes, she plans to watch Saturday night's marquee match between 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff and top-seeded defending champion Naomi Osaka.

"I was actually out in the first round and match point down, and now I am here".

"Everyone has their own style but for me, playing her, it a little bit brings me back to when I played Kim". And Naomi has something to prove, too.

Medvedev has been fined after each of his matches so far: $7,500 for verbal abuse in the first round, $2,500 for equipment abuse in the second. Their fathers are friends. Much the same way, Osaka and Gauff are now.

Gauff and McNally won last year's US Open junior girls doubles title and united for their first WTA doubles crown earlier this month at Washington. She's 21. She has two slams. "She's still (striving) for more".

In the latest example of a player fined thousands of dollars at a Grand Slam tournament for what tennis officials deem a lack of effort, 28th-seeded Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain was docked $40,000 at the U.S. Open on Thursday, two days after retiring from her first-round match with a lower-back injury. It nearly didn't matter who won - the Kyrgios-Copil team managed to beat Marcus Daniell and Ken Skupski 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (1) - because the more-than-half-empty afternoon crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium appeared to get what it came for.

Gauff's ranking has soared from 875 at the end of 2018 to 140 - Babos by comparison is at 112 - and yet she will not go into the game as the underdog.

She arrived there ranked 313th, recipient of a wild card from the All England Club into qualifying.

The 2019 U.S. Open coverage on ESPN has grown in the ratings compared with a year ago on each of its first four days, the network said Friday. But it was Gauff who had the better showing in the last major, reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon before falling to eventual champion Simona Halep.

"I give all the credit to the players, because it's a healthy competition", said U.S. Fed Cup captain and head of women's tennis Kathy Rinaldi. "It's going to be fun". The young tennis star spoke to HL about her plan to dominate the US Open. And after a second straight exhibition of heat-seeking serves, exquisite shotmaking and veteran mettle, who would doubt her?

"Coco is playing like a top-20 player now". "Even from the first match, even the coaches when they were watching us they just knew, like, 'Wow, they're really good together.' Our games mesh really well together and for us, I mean, I think sky's the limit".

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