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Wimbledon – Navarro is up next

Gauff’s effectiveness at Wimbledon paying off;

Navarro is up next

 

 

 

6/7/2024,


Yaroslava Shvedova’s 2012 “Golden Set” against Sara Errani was the topic of conversation in the Wimbledon radio booth when Coco Gauff won the opening eight points of Friday’s third-round match.
With a 2-0 lead, Gauff was halfway to a flawless 24-for-24 point game, but British qualifier Sonay Kartal scored when her subsequent stroke entered the net.

And, as it happened, back into the game for a little while. But that opening was a sure sign as Gauff easily won 6-4, 6-0 on the No. 1 Court, which was covered in a roof. The final eight games of the match were won by Gauff.
The bar rises after a significant victory. Even at the young age of 20, Gauff is now devoted to the endeavour.
She is the world’s second-ranked player because of this.
She has only dropped 10 games in three games, despite a highly Gauff-friendly draw, and she is really optimistic going into the second week.
Take a look at this tale of rapid work:

Caroline Dolehide won the first round (64 minutes).
Anca Todoni, second round (66 minutes)
Sonay Kartal placed third (61 minutes).
According to Gauff, having the overwhelming advantage, like she has had in her first three bouts, is a double-edged sword.
“I believe it puts pressure on it,” Gauff remarked.
“When you lose, it may sometimes be a huge deal. You also realise that you are the favourite for a cause at the same moment.

“I knew today when it got close, I knew I had more experience when it came to playing on a big court, playing in these tough moments, so I just had to trust myself,” the player said. “You have more experience in those tough pressure moments.”

Not so long ago, Gauff would occasionally value the outcome more than the process.
She fell behind Laura Siegemund in the first set in their first-round match at the US Open last summer, but she came back to win in three. Three more times, Gauff was pushed to the brink, the most notable of which was in the championship match when she overcame Aryna Sabalenka after losing the opening set.

Gauff is concentrating on efficiency this year. She played just one extra set to reach the semifinals of the first two Grand Slams of the year. In the second round of Wimbledon, Gauff defeated Anca Todoni 6-2, 6-1, and expressed her regret for not having played a more clean match.

Gauff later admitted to reporters, “I think I can be too critical because 2-1 is clean.” I believe it’s only a matter of moments; perhaps I missed a few shots that I usually make. Considering the score, I believe that on the court I was becoming a little more irritated than usual. “I am trying to focus on straight sets and winning cleaner,” the player said.

Emma Navarro, an American who overcame Diana Shnaider to win Bad Homburg in 6-6, 6-3, 6-4, will be the opponent in Sunday’s fourth round. In their lone prior meeting, Gauff defeated Navarro 6-3, 6-1 in the Auckland semifinal earlier this year.

What does the rising No. 17-ranked Navarro face? Gauff (57-18,.760) is not the only player that consistently competes in women’s singles matches at Grand Slam events with a higher winning % than Iga Swiatek (78-16,.830). Since 2000, Maria Sharapova (81) and Kim Clijsters (58) are the only two women who have won more Grand Slam singles matches before turning 21 than Gauff (56) does.
Navarro and Gauff will compete together in the next Olympics in Paris.

 

According to Gauff, “many people think her ranking is surprising.” “Even as a child, I could see she was incredibly gifted and that her style would work well on the road. She plays a terrific all-court game, in my opinion. It’s going to be difficult to play her.I can’t wait to play against her and then beside her at the Olympics on the same squad.

Kartal, the first British woman to qualify for the third round since Karen Cross in 1997, had a breakthrough tournament. Started on grass in early June, the 22-year-old, ranked No. 298 in the world, had won eight of his 11 matches. The perfect 5-0 record at Wimbledon included three victories in the qualifying round.

“I believe 128 is the fastest I’ve ever gotten,” she stated. Do I possess a 130? I’m not sure. Perhaps if I were a little taller. I can undoubtedly achieve 130. I’m not sure if it will go in now.

The draw has been taking care of Gauff while she has been attending to her business. By the second round, two of the top three seeds in her bottom half of the draw—No. 3 seed Sabalenka (withdrew) and No. 8 Zheng Qinwen (defeated)—had already fallen.

“Yes, I felt like I played a really good game,” Gauff stated during her in-game interview. She wasn’t giving me anything to work with, even though she was playing at a high level. All I wanted to do was try to make fewer errors. But in the end, I managed to locate it and succeed.

 

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