Coco Gauff was exited quickly from this year’s Western and Southern Open and the US Open. The sixteen-years-old American is now playing in the Italian Open. Additionally, She defeated the Australian Open 2020 quarterfinalist Ons Jabeur in her opening round match on Tuesday.
While Gauff was failed to qualify for last year’s French Open, She has qualified directly for this year’s Rome tournament through her current ranking of World No.53. Italian Open 2020 is Coco Gauff’s seventh professional clay-court tournament.
“She’s(Ons Jabeur) a Tricky Player”- Coco Gauff
Moreover, Gauff reached the second round of the event after defeating World No.34 Ons Jabeur in the straight sets(6-4, 6-3). This is the second time that Gauff overcame the Tunisian No.01 in the 2020 season, earlier she beat her at the Top Seed Open 2020 Kentucky in the three sets.
After the match, Coco Gauff said, “I’m definitely happy to get a win today especially after a couple of tough losses back in New York.”
Additionally, She added, “I’m just happy to be playing. I think Ons played great today. She’s a tricky player because she definitely changes the ball a little bit. I knew it was going to be tough, so to get a win over her on clay was really good.”
Linz Open Champion, talking about her previous match against Tunisian, said, “I think I was just trying to stay in the match and I knew I was able to come back whenever I needed to. I was familiar with her game so I knew her tendencies, so I just tried to play towards her weaknesses using my strengths.”
In conclusion, Coco Gauff went on to say, “I haven’t played on clay in over a year, but to be honest, I feel quite comfortable on clay. In my junior career, I had quite good results on clay and I go to Patrick Mouratoglou’s tennis academy a lot… I’m quite used to the red clay.”
Gauff will now play former french open winner Garbine Muguruza in her second round. Additionally, the 26-years-old Spaniard defeated American Sloane Stephens in her opening round.