Coco Gauff ranked no. 36 on the WTA tour was the only remaining teen in the quarterfinals of the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina. She faced Tunisia's Ons Jabeur where Gauff has been the winner of both meets: One at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky last August in three sets: A month later September 2020 at the Italian Open in Rome with straight sets.
On paper it looked to be a winning prediction in Gauff's favor
The 17-year-old was looking at a lost opening set of 6-3 from the aggressive Jabeur and it was near the end of the second set with Gauff still trailing that she slipped and fell on her hip in mid court.
She brused herself off but was never the same as the Tunisian took full advantage of a weakened Gauff. The teen even had a medical timeout which didn't prove productive on her stability to gain momentum in the match. She lost the quarterfinal round at 6-3, 6-3.
But upon many of her losses she's always been optimistic. When she lost in the 2nd round at the Australian Open to Elina Svitolina she'd said: "She played pretty well and I have a lot to build on after this match.
I'm going to hopefully do well in doubles with Caty (McNally). Gauff would soon lose her quarterfinal round in Miami, the tournament before to Anastasija Sevastova as well as the doubles match. There seems to be heavy situations on Gauff right now and the injury to her right hip in the last match wasn't another thing she needed to handle.
The next WTA 250 event is next week in Charleston and then afterwards the Stuttgart Open in Germany where she's into the qualifying rounds to be accessed a spot in the main draw. Will Coco Gauff be able to rehab and heal that soon to play her best in back-to-back tournaments? Only time and the condition of her body will tell.
Gauff can only believe as is written on her Instagram social media headline that "I'm just a kid who has some pretty big dreams."