French Open: 16-year-old Coco Gauff defeated final 12 months’s semi-finalist Johanna Konta 6-Three, 6-Three in her most important draw debut to advance into the second spherical.
- Reuters Paris
- Final Up to date: September 28, 2020, Four:00 PM IST
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American teenager Coco Gauff made a formidable return to the Grand Slam stage when she brushed apart final 12 months’s semi-finalist Johanna Konta 6-Three 6-Three in her most important draw debut on the French Open to advance into the second spherical on Sunday.
Lower than a month after a first-round exit on the US Open, Gauff was all enterprise on a floodlit Court docket Suzanne Lenglen in entrance of a dozen spectators in chilly Parisian climate.
The 16-year-old, the youngest participant in the primary draw whose greatest outcome at a Grand Slam was reaching the fourth spherical on the Australian Open earlier this 12 months, will subsequent face Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan.
Gauff admitted she was nervous earlier than coming into the courtroom, however somewhat chat together with her father helped settle the jitters. “Truthfully, my dad instructed me one thing within the warmup,” she stated.
“His aim was to turn into an NBA participant, and he did not make it. He instructed me, you are dwelling your dream, not everyone will get to try this, simply have enjoyable on the courtroom. That basically modified my perspective. I used to be actually nervous going into the match. That simply calmed me down. I noticed it is only a tennis match. I am doing a little issues that folks want they may do. Simply go on the market and luxuriate in it.”
Gauff bought off to a flying begin, breezing by way of the opening set earlier than dropping serve early within the second, permitting British ninth seed Konta to maneuver 2-Zero up. However the American broke straight again, and once more in a nine-minute fifth recreation to maneuver Three-2 up, following up on serve to guide Four-2.
She served for the match at 5-2 however Konta broke again for 5-Three, just for the Briton to break down within the following recreation, bowing out on the second match level when she netted a routine shot.