Coco Gauff goes to her Formula A in victory over Buzarnescu in Wimby 2nd round



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Coco Gauff goes to her Formula A in victory over Buzarnescu in Wimby 2nd round

The memories are great and had stuck in Coco Gauff's head of three years ago being on Centre Court at Wimbledon, playing against an icon Venus Williams and winning 7-6, 6-3. But this was a different person, same place and great feelings that made her second round here a success.

"I'm pretty honored to be on Centre Court following Nadal. I think that's pretty special..." Coco Gauff, no. 12 in the world said after her win over Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets of 6-2, 6-3.

She was all smiles after the victory. It was just a few days before that she'd almost thought her participation would have ended at round one. Gauff's opening round was with another Romanian, Elena-Gabriela Ruse who she'd made a lot of blunders with but still came through the difficult round to win 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

"The first rounds are always tough for me because it's the most nerve racking..." Coco laughed, so glad that match is now history. She was asked on court about her time against Ruse which had a bit of scariness, suspense and frustration beyond comparison.

Slips and mishits and tons of just losing rhythm all went against Gauff in that first set and she reminisces that "In the middle of the first set I was kind of freaking out...the worst thing that can happen is that I lose.

It's not the end of the world. That's why I think I started to play a little bit better," she said giggling. But that was all behind her as she pushed out the butterflies while playing against Buzarnescu and got down to the business at hand.

The grass surface was still a compromise as she'd took a tumble in the sixth game of the second set but caught herself and continued playing. The Romanian had Gauff on the ropes a bit with sharp cross court angled shots pushing her to create errors.

Despite it all the teen gave her the same treatment and won out on many rallies in the first set of her winning 6-2. Buzarnescu was constantly pushing Coco out of position causing more unforced errors but Gauff had her brand of cross court cuts that left the Romanian hitting the ball into the net.

The games were tied in the last set but Coco pushed forward, gaining more confidence as she went along that she could do this and win. The last set was at 5-3 in Gauff's favor and she knew it was no time for errors.

pulle dout her own special recipe of serves that literally won the game, set and match for her with four consistent aces. It was a done deal and now Gauff will face another American, Amanda Anisimova. They had met only once in their careers at the 2021 Parma Open in Italy where Gauff came off as the winner.

The 18-year-old's time at Wimbledon is looking bright and if she keeps pulling out her great game strategies as in both rounds, the results will be very pleasing. As Gauff had said "the first rounds are always tough..."

Well she's going into the third and her grassy performances are coming off with more class and success as her time at Wimbledon goes on.