Coco Gauff’s Winning Streak At The 2023 Us Open Continues

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What happened:

On Monday night under the lighting of Arthur Ashe Stadium, No. 6 seed Coco Gauff’s began her 2023 US Open campaign with a dramatic comeback victory over German qualifier Laura Siegemund, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to the second round.

In a match that Gauff’s newly hired coaching consultant Brad Gilbert might have called “winning ugly,” the American had to dig her way out of a one-set hole. Siegemund’s game, which seemed to be air-tight for most of the first hour, exhausted the No. 6 seed.

At age 35, Siegemund has already won the US Open Doubles Championship twice. She started off the match strongly, breaking her 19-year-old opponent for a 4-2 lead in the opening set. The German’s accurate passing shots and relentless net play, in which she scored 10 of 13 net points in the first set, were enough to throw off Gauff’s game and give her the first set.

Gauff won a 26-minute game on Siegemund’s side to start the second set after the German missed a crosscourt forehand. As Siegemund started to lose control, Gauff took a 5-2 lead and won the set to tie the match.

At the start of the third set, Gauff was winning most of the points and Siegemund was making a lot of mistakes, which made it hard for Siegemund to keep up. When the German was docked a point for going over time for the second time, Gauff was ahead 5-1. Siegmund won the next three games in a row, but the American won the match on her serve and moved on.

What it means:

Maybe one of the hottest players on the women’s tour headed into the US Open, Gauff’s summer swing saw her win 11 of 12 matches, losing only three sets, and capturing two hard-court titles in Washington and Cincinnati. The American adolescent won her first WTA 1000 tournament in Cincinnati, where she defeated No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the semifinals despite a 0-7 head-to-head deficit.

Gauff aims to surpass last year’s quarterfinal finish in New York, which pushed her into the Top 10 for the very first time in her career, with the addition of coach Pere Riba and Gilbert to her team. She attributes her recent triumph to her growing belief in herself and her ability to trust herself even when she is not performing at her best “A”.

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In tennis, “I think the most important thing I’ve learned this summer is that I don’t have to play A-plus tennis to win.” I’m more comfortable with my B or C game now,” she said.

“I believe in the work I’ve done in practice.” I hope I can continue to transfer that into matches. Obviously, I have the support of the new team. Seeing things from a different point of view can sometimes entirely transform them. I’ve gained a fresh perspective and am thoroughly enjoying it.”

Mirra Andreeva, a three-set winner against Olivia Gadecki, will be the No. 6 seed’s next opponent.

Match point:

Sigemund, ranked No. 121, started the year-end Grand Slam ranked second in the WTA in first serve percentage (75.8%). Siegemund had an 80% first-serve percentage against Gauff. Siegemund won the match by a score of 33 to 53. Gauff hit 34 wins, including 7 aces.