Coco Gauff is set to play her first tournament since winning the US Open and she has learned her projected path to winning the China Open in Beijing. Gauff, seeded at No 3, starts against Ekaterina Alexandrova. If Gauff beats Alexandrova, she will meet Petra Martic in the second round, who already won her first-round match against Sorana Cirstea.
In the Beijing round-of-16, Gauff is projected to meet a seeded player for the first time - No 16 seed Veronika Kudermetova. In the Beijing quarterfinal, Gauff is projected to meet sixth-seeded Maria Sakkari. The Beijing semifinal could be a rematch of the 2022 French Open final as Gauff is projected to meet Iga Swiatek there.
If Gauff reaches the Beijing final, that could possibly be a rematch of this year's US Open final between the American and world No 1 Aryna Sabalenka.
Gauff returning to actions
After winning the US Open, Gauff returned home to Florida and took a week off. "Once I got home, it was pretty chill.
I took a week off, which is the longest I've ever taken off from tennis. It was a little bit weird having nothing to do. Then we had a little celebration with all my friends and family could go to in Florida. After that, right back to training and back to getting back to work, which honestly, I was eager to get back.
A week was a long time for me to take off," Gauff said. After emotions settled down following the US Open win, Gauff had a bit of a weird feeling. "It was honestly a little bit weird because it was just one of the biggest things in your life, then you go home and you're back to cleaning and doing all the regular stuff that you do," Gauff said. It remains to be seen if Gauff can win Beijing in her China Open debut.
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