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Printed 7: 04 PM EDT Aug 31, 2020
NEW YORK – The tennis wunderkind of 2019 morphed exact into a essential-round washout on opening day of the 2020 U.S. Inaugurate Monday, when 16-yr-frail Coco Gauff struggled to gain her attend, and the a lot resilience that made her renowned last yr, when she became a mere 15.
Gauff, of Delray Seaside, Florida, and ranked No. 51, had heralded runs to the round of 16 at Wimbledon and the round of 32 in Flushing Meadows last summer, and made one other Titanic Slam round of 16 in Australia in January. Alternatively it became a fully a form of consequence in Louis Armstrong Stadium, as Gauff bought taken down by No. 45 Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Gauff had 12 double faults in the essential two sets, and despite the incontrovertible truth that she rallied admirably to desire the 2nd, and fought off three match choices in the 10th game of the third, she wobbled with her procure game and couldn’t possess momentum in a wildly up and down match.
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“I had a cramped nerves in the essential two sets,” stated Sevastova, a ragged high 15 player who made the Inaugurate semifinals two years in the past. “I became factual composed on the pause. I stayed there and took my prospects.”