Coco Gauff issues brutally honest statement on shock Doha loss and how she feels now

Last week in Doha, Gauff got ousted in her opening match.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Coco Gauff issues brutally honest statement on shock Doha loss and how she feels now
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Coco Gauff candidly admitted "not playing very well" was the main reason behind her shock early exit in Doha but added it was "nothing more than a bad day at the office" as the American tennis star hopes to bounce back this week in Dubai.

Last week, world No. 3 Gauff was beaten in her Doha opener as world No. 39 Katerina Siniakova upset the top-ranked American female tennis player 6-2 6-4. 

After making a very slow start to the match and finding herself down by a set, Gauff appeared to be a completely different player at the start of the second set. But Gauff - who had a 4-0 lead and was up by a double break in the second set - stunningly lost the next six games and ultimately the match. 

Gauff, who entered the Siniakova match with a 10-1 record in 2024, played by far her worst match of the season in Doha. 

"In Doha, I lost in the first match because I didn't play very well, maybe if I had played better and still lost, it would be different. It is in these moments that we must know how to maintain a sense of proportion," Gauff said in her pre-tournament press conference in Dubai.

"For example, if after a loss you feel like you need to skip a tournament, do it. In my case, I will always try to play as much as possible, as long as I am healthy."

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Coco Gauff© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

Gauff remains in positive spirit, hopes to do better in Dubai

After losing very early in the opening WTA 1000 tournament of the year in Doha, 19-year-old Gauff is aiming to do a lot better in the second WTA 1000 tournament of the year in Dubai.

In Dubai, Gauff has a first-round bye as the third-seeded player. On Tuesday, Gauff will be starting her Dubai campaign and playing against lucky loser Elisabetta Cocciaretto in the second round.

"I hope to have a better week here. I'm not too upset about my last loss either, it was just a bad day at work, I'm not going to let that determine how things go for me this week," Gauff said.

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Coco Gauff© Getty Images Sport - Christopher Pike
 

For Gauff, this is her fourth Dubai appearance. Last year, Gauff achieved her best Dubai result when she made the semifinal.

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