No.3 seed Coco Gauff made a victorious China Open debut, advancing 7-5, 6-3 previous Ekaterina Alexandrova in 1 hour and 22 minutes to achieve the second spherical.
Freshly-crowned US Open champion Gauff prolonged her successful streak to 13 matches, courting again to her Montreal quarterfinal loss to Jessica Pegula. The 19-year-old American has gained 19 out of 20 matches since her Wimbledon first-round loss to Sofia Kenin.
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Gauff additionally improves her file towards Prime 20 opposition in 2023 to 12-6 total. However a measure of her enchancment over the second half of the season is the breakdown of these numbers: by Roland Garros, Gauff went 2-5 towards Prime 20 gamers. Since then, she has gained 10 out of 11 matches towards them, with the one loss coming to Pegula.
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The end result additionally avenged Gauff’s 6-4, 6-0 loss to Alexandrova within the second spherical of Berlin on grass in June. Total, she is now 2-1 towards Alexandrova, and has gained each of their hard-court conferences.
Gauff will subsequent face former World No.14 Petra Martic, whom she defeated 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 of their solely earlier assembly, within the second spherical of Adelaide 2021.
How the match was gained: Momentum swung wildly within the first set, which noticed Gauff race out to a 4-0 lead earlier than Alexandrova discovered her groove to stage at 4-4. However the World No.20, recent off a run to the Tokyo quarterfinals final week, was affected by inconsistency on her serve and groundstrokes all through.
Alexandrova fired 19 winners to Gauff’s 11, but additionally tallied 24 unforced errors — together with six double faults — to Gauff’s 11. The 28-year-old’s errors typically got here at inopportune instances, too. Having labored so laborious to get again into the primary set, Alexandrova coughed up two double faults and a netted backhand serving at 5-6. At the beginning of the second set, she missed break factors in every of Gauff’s first two service video games.
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Against this, Gauff rose to the event on essential factors. Having been gifted triple set level within the first set, she transformed her second together with her greatest rally of the set, ending with a backhand winner down the road. Within the second, she pounced within the sixth sport, rattling off three sensible winners to take a decisive 4-2 lead.
In Gauff’s phrases: “I did not assume my stage was the most effective it may very well be.
“She was giving me a variety of errors so I do not assume the 4-0 was utterly my tennis. I believe as soon as I obtained to that time, I positively began making extra unforced errors. I believe I had a degree for 40-15 and I double-faulted. I used to be in a position to buckle down once I wanted to. However clearly I believe in these moments I need to do higher in closing out these units once I’m up, particularly a double break.
“Total I am pleased with how I used to be in a position to push by. Is it how I prefer to play? Most likely not. However I knew coming in was going to be robust, simply coming from internationally. That is the primary time right here. I knew it was going to be a troublesome match for me regardless. Particularly Alexandrova, she’s a fantastic participant. I am pleased with how I used to be in a position to handle.”
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