Coco Gauff’s hopes of launching one other deep run at a Grand Slam ended within the first spherical on the US Open on Monday, with the US teenager succumbing in three units to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova. Gauff, who created a sensation at Wimbledon final 12 months when she grew to become the youngest player in the tournament’s history to qualify for the main draw earlier than reaching the fourth spherical, was overwhelmed 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. The 16-year-old former junior world primary from Delray Seaside had battled again to stage the match in opposition to the 31st-seeded Sevastova after dropping the primary set.

However after squaring the match by taking the ultimate three video games of the second set to win it 7-5, Gauff was quickly scrambling to avoid wasting the match within the third set.

Though Gauff saved three match factors, Sevastova finally closed out the win, changing her fourth match level.

It was a disappointing exit for Gauff, who backed up her fairytale Wimbledon marketing campaign final 12 months by reaching the third spherical on the US Open earlier than one other first rate exhibiting on the Australian Open in January, the place she exited within the fourth spherical.

Gauff, a fan favorite at earlier Grand Slam appearances, mentioned afterwards she didn’t suppose the absence of spectators in New York had hampered her efficiency.

“I feel I compete simply as exhausting with followers or not,” she mentioned. “I might have performed higher at the moment. Simply going to get again to work and prepare for the French Open.”

Nonetheless {the teenager} acknowledged that restricted taking part in alternatives in 2020 resulting from a tennis calendar upended by COVID-19, had impacted her improvement.

“The primary half that harm was simply getting matches beneath my belt, getting expertise,” Gauff mentioned when requested to evaluate the influence of the coronavirus disruption.

“That is what I want on tour. I am taking part in in opposition to folks older than me who’ve been in additional conditions, tough conditions, than I’ve. I feel the largest factor is I simply want expertise.

“Proper now my plan is simply to play as many tournaments as I can, to get matches beneath my belt. I am nonetheless in doubles right here, so I will be right here hopefully until the top. That is the objective.”


Gauff’s long-term ambitions additionally embrace profitable qualification to play at subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics.

“Undoubtedly a objective of mine to qualify,” Gauff mentioned. “Proper now I am simply centered on the match forward, simply specializing in the second now. However clearly that is a objective, to qualify for the Olympics subsequent 12 months.”

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