Coco Gauff: Nervous in New York, Nerves of Steel in Melbourne!

Coco Gauff before the match spoke about the nerves she had in her third round battle with Naomi Osaka which was her first match on the Arthur Ashe stadium in New York at the US Open.

The 15 year is so assured of herself on the main stage she said she knew what she needed to do coming into the rematch and she didn’t let herself down at all.

Coco playing her first match on the Rod Laver Arena against the defending champion came out the blocks very quickly.

She did what she said she would do. She hit the ball cleanly and matched the former world number one’s level on the baseline. Naomi was under pressure in rallies and a pressure point to hit on her game is the backhand and we saw the errors creep in as the American took the first set against Osaka.

The second set followed a similar theme but the teenager found an early break on the defending champions serve. This break was quickly given back but at 3-3 just like she did in the first set Gauff found herself ahead once again.

Trying to match her power, Osaka went from 30-0 to 30-30 on a must win game.

Coming into the tie Osaka had been in good form winning 16 of her last 18 matches. Two more points got her another game on the board and at the changeover sat with a towel on her head moments before Coco Gauff would come to serve for the match.

Two missed returns resulted in a racket throw and an outburst towards her team from Osaka, a third left her stunned but even Hawkeye couldn’t save as she puffed out her cheeks.

One more point was required and the biggest win of the 15 years old career was sealed and Coco and Naomi shared a hug at the net!

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