Coco Gauff has great reaction to avoiding being hit by fast ball on Rome match point

Gauff nearly got crushed by a ball on a match point versus Zheng Qinwen.

by Dzevad Mesic
Coco Gauff has great reaction to avoiding being hit by fast ball on Rome match point
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Coco Gauff had a great fun after a video of Zheng Qinwen nearly hitting her on a match point went viral as the American tennis joked she had to "move my butt out the way."

Up by a set and leading 5-1 in the second set, Gauff earned her first match point on Zheng's serve.

After making Gauff go wide with her serve, Zheng got the ball around her service line in the middle of the court when she decided to rip a forehand. But Zheng's forehand was uncontrolled and it nearly hit Gauff, who was rushing toward the middle of the court. Fortunately for Gauff, her reflexes did its part as the 2023 US Open champion jumped in the air and managed to avoid getting hit by Zheng's ball.

Moments after sealing a 7-6 (4) 6-1 win, Gauff stayed on the ground smiling and celebrating her win. Later, Gauff posted about the situation on her Instagram Story. 

"Had to move my (peach emoji - butt) out the way (laughing emoji)," Gauff captioned her Instagram Story.

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Coco Gauff© Coco Gauff - Instagram

Gauff cheeky response to playing next against Iga Swiatek

After overcoming Zheng, Gauff is set for a very difficult task as she plays against world No. 1 Swiatek for a place in the Rome final. Heading into the match, Gauff has won just one of her past 10 meetings versus Swiatek.

Moments after beating Zheng, Gauff was asked on the court what she was planning to do differently this time against Swiatek.

"I can't tell you (laughing)," Gauff said.

"She is a tough opponent to play, especially on clay. There's a reason why she’s No. 1. But I feel like I'm getting better with each match. I'm really excited to play the semifinal in two days."

Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek
Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek© Getty Images Sport - Adam Pretty

Against Swiatek, Gauff has played three times on clay and every time picked up a straight-set defeat.

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