Coco Gauff defeated four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Thursday night.
The sixth-seeded Gauff held every serve in the first set and finished the 45-minute session with three aces. Osaka committed her first double fault of the match early in the second set, and Gauff capitalized to take a 2-1 lead. Gauff quickly doubled his break to build his lead at 5-1 and lead 40-0 before Osaka saved his points in his four matches and with the first ace he was 5-1. I made it 2.
Osaka then defeated Gauff for the first time in the match, going 5-4 with five consecutive points to overcome another 40-0 deficit. However, Gauff closed out the match with an irrevocable serve on his eighth match point.RELATED
“The thing I’m most proud of is how I responded mentally,” Gauff said. “With those few double faults and the loss on match point, I could have retired easily.
But I kept saying to myself ‘another point, another chance’ and the music helped me on the bench. He was trying to sing a song to get me out of the game.
Gauff’s victory tied the series with Osaka, two wins apiece. “Even though we lost today’s match, I’m confident in who I am,” Osaka said. “I feel like I can’t handle the pressure. I’m the pressure. I’m very happy with it.”
Gauff will face No. 2 seed Paula Vadosa on Friday. Other winners in San Jose included Shelby Rogers and fourth seed Alina Sabalenka. Rodgers defeated top-seeded Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals for the third time this season.
Following her first-round win over 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, she defeated 2018 finalist and 2019 semi-finalist Sakkari in San Jose for the third time in a row.
Sabalenka recovered from a 5-3 lead in the third set to beat Caroline Drehyde 5-7, 6-1, 7-5. Sabalenka overcame 20 double faults in the match as she faced No. 7 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia.
Friday’s US Open hard-court tune-up schedule includes Wimbledon runner-up Onz-Jabbar against Veronika Kudermetova.
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