Coco Gauff once again eliminated Venus Williams in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament, only this time it was Australian Open, not Wimbledon. The final result of the most hyped event of the opening day in Melbourne was 2-0 for the teenager, by sets 7-6(5), 6-3.
“I was a bit shocked,” Gauff said.
The 15-year old made another stunning sensation, marking the possible change of generations in the lady’s competition. The crowd was more than willing to support the youngster, and throughout the match, they were loud each time Gauff won the point.
“I just want to say thank you guys so much. You guys were chanting my name,” she stated during the on-court interview. “To hear that here in Australia means a lot to me.”
But we can’t say that Venus didn’t receive the love from the stands, because the seven-time Grand Slam champion also received her share of the applause and chants.
The first set was thrilling, and the players had to enter a tiebreak to determine the winner. Venus lost her serve immediately during the first game, but managed to come back in the decisive moments after Gauff’s two set points.
That breakpoint raised the temperature in an already hot atmosphere, and many believed that the 39-year old might solve this one in her favor. Gauff, however, responded strong, and even had a set and breakpoint, which she failed to utilize.
During the tiebreaker, Williams did the same as at the start of the set – lost the initial serve. She came back at 5-5, but once again allowed a minibreak for 5-7.
This gave Gauff a boost of morale, and she entered the second set with more power, easily reaching a 3-0 lead. She would keep that distance until the end, to make yet another sensation, which filled the headlines all over the world.
“I was really nervous before today’s match. I was a bit shocked, I’m sure everybody was shocked when they saw the draw come out, but I’m glad I was able to get through it. Now I’m feeling great.”
Gauff had 17 winners and 30 unforced errors, while on the other side, Venus posted 25 direct points and 41 unforced mistakes. It was the main reason why she lost this event.
The youngest player in the main draw proceeded to the second round, where she meets Sorana Christea, who defeated Barbora Strycova with 2-0, 6-2, 7-6(5).
Other Williams sister, the younger and more successful Serena, swiftly defeated the Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova in straight sets, 6-0 6-3. It was a routine job for the seven-time AO winner, who had a lighter practice today.
The entire event was over in some 58 minutes, with Potapova unable to give more resistance.
“I feel like I can still improve and get better throughout this tournament, for sure. This is a good stepping stone for right now.”
After taking the title in Auckland last week, Serena’s eyes are on the trophy here in Melbourne. With this one, she would reach Margaret Court on the No.1 all-time Grand Slam titles. Court has 24 pieces of silverware, while Serena sits at 23, and with three consecutive defeats in the finals.
A win in Auckland was her first following the comeback after a giving birth tho her daughter Olympia. Serena’s next opponent will be Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia.
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