On Thursday, Coco Gauff saw a photo of her memories from five years ago. Arthur Ashe he captioned the stadium’s “Courtside Seats”.
“I was trying to tell my friends I had a courtside seat, but now I’m on the court,” Gauff said in a post-match interview, laughing.
The day after its fifth anniversary, No. 12 seed Gauff warmed up the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium with an easy 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 20 seed Madison Keys. Scheduled for 7 p.m., Idol’s Serena her Williams avenged the loss Gauff suffered against the Keys in Adelaide, Australia, in January.
Gauff said. “I think I was a little reluctant last time, so she just overpowered me and she doesn’t want to let that happen today.”
Serena Williams and Gauff are in the second half of the singles draw. Gauff has been keeping a close eye on Williams’ games because she is not only one of Gauff’s favorite players and her biggest source of inspiration, but he wants to play against her. I was.
“It was my lifelong dream,” said Gauff.
Gauff will face Chan Shuay, who is ranked 36th in women’s singles and defeated Rebecca Marino on Friday, in the fourth round.
The fourth round is the furthest distance Gauff has reached in singles at the US Open. Three years ago, then-15-year-old Gauff walked off the court in tears after being overwhelmed by then-world No. 1 Naomi Osaka in the third round. In a post-fight interview suggested by Osaka, the tearful Gauff said he would learn from the loss.
Since then, she’s lost her first and second rounds at the Open, but made progress on the court on Friday. Gauff, now 18, looks like a confident veteran and lives up to everything Keyes throws at her in her blue, pink and light green ‘Coco Her CG1’ signature shoes. I was.
“I was really paranoid at the time,” Gauff said of the 2019 match against Osaka. “It was my first US Open, so I was going to skip the colors. And yeah, I didn’t.”
After Keys won the opening game of the first set, Gauff won six of the next seven games to take the set. However, Keys forced Gauff to sprint across the court and hit shots from hard angles, making the victory far from as easy as the game difference would suggest.
In the second game, both struggled to secure a win, always returning from advantage to deuce. It looked as though the game was back to deuce as Keys hit Gauff with a powerful shot and Gauff held the advantage and seemed to run it anywhere on the court. But Gauff connected with a forehand near the net that landed just behind Keys, took her game, and she let out a powerful yell as her crowd roared with her.
Gauff, one of the most popular players in tennis, gave the crowd a huge advantage in his first two matches. Stadium-worthy cheers erupted when Gauff won, and sighs of disappointment when opponents tried their best. Friday was a little different as the crowd consistently celebrated Keyes, who is also American. It was a luxury that Gauff’s other opponents didn’t enjoy. Sitting next to each other near the court, his three brothers appeared to be playing their game, with one shouting “Go Madison!” As loudly as possible while another yells “Go Coco!”
However, the cheers for Keys faded, with Keyes firing the ball and screaming in frustration while the crowd applauded Gauff. She then bounced back, the crowd cheered, and won that game and the next, taking the second set total to 4-3 for her. However, Keys’ run ended there, with Gauff dominating the rest of the set to win the match.
Gauff and Chan have played singles once. Gauff won the Miami Open in March, 7-6(1), 7-5. They played against each other in doubles last year as Chan and Samantha Stosur beat Gauff and Katie McNally to win the US Open women’s doubles title.
Chan, 33, remembers Gauff’s talent at the game in Miami and how Gauff’s brother was “cute” in the stands cheering him on. She said it was hard to imagine Gauff, as an 18-year-old, reaching the French Open final this year and losing to Iga Swirtek. who started playing professionally. And it’s because she feels her old, she added.
Like Chan, Gauff’s first thoughts about his fourth-round opponent didn’t have much to do with tennis. Gauff said Chan is one of the most liked people on tour. She recalls how Chan congratulated her when Gauff became her number one doubles player, even though her career-high doubles ranking had passed her No. 2, Chan. I remember.
“She’s a very tough competitor on the court, but as soon as the game is over, she has a lot of respect for everyone,” Gauff said. I am happy to be in the world.”