Australian Open 2023

Coco Gauff (18), the seventh seed in the women’s singles, defeated Raducanu 6-3, 7-6, but it was not her most assured performance as she committed several unforced errors in the second set, allowing Raducanu to force a tiebreak on despite being behind. 4-2 at one point.

“I’m not watching [my nervous parents] too much during the game,” she told Eurosport. “When I say, ‘Come on!'” it’s usually aimed at the till.

“I know my mother is getting anxious… And I just saw a glimpse of her on the screen with her head down and thought: [head in hands].

“I had no idea what was going on in her mind at the time, and I don’t think I’ll ever know!”

Gauff, from Atlanta, Georgia, is aiming for his first grand slam title after losing in the final of last year’s French Open to Iga Swiatek.

Raducanu, 20, has never been ranked higher than tenth in the world but won the US Open in 2021. She has since struggled to live up to the high expectations her own success has created.

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Raducanu, on the other hand, can take pride in taking the game to Gauff.

Before the pair met, Gauff claimed that despite being ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, Raducanu was under more pressure to perform than she was because she was a rare British star with a grand slam title.

“I talk to her pretty much every tournament,” Gauff admitted.

“I didn’t know her well in junior high, but I’ll have to talk to her more on tour now.”

“Obviously she was under a lot of pressure when she burst onto the scene. I think I’m going through more than I’ve ever been through in my quest to win a Slam.

“Being from Britain and the first Brit to do something in a long time, there’s probably a lot more pressure than I’m used to as an American.”

“Obviously I was a lot younger when I got the attention, so I definitely think it’s a little easier to deal with it at an older age than dealing with it at 15.” But at the same time I didn’t win a grand slam.

“There’s always someone to watch for American fans.” Whereas I think it’s only her for the Brits. “There are other British players but nobody has done what she has done and made it this far in a Slam,” says the coach.

Gauff’s next singles opponent has not yet been determined, but she and Jessica Pegula will meet Donna Vekic and Tereza Martincova in the first round of the women’s doubles on Thursday.


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