Teenage star Cori Gauff feels excited ahead of another Naomi Osaka clash


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Teenage star Cori Gauff feels excited ahead of another Naomi Osaka clash

Just like at Wimbledon and the US Open last year, the 15-year-old sensation Cori Gauff will compete in the third round on her debut at the Australian Open! The 15-year-old had a breakthrough run in 2019 despite all the restrictions, winning the first WTA title and finding herself in the top-100 at such a young age.

With not many tournaments left to play before the 16th birthday in March, Cori is determined to make an impression here in Melbourne, ousting Venus Williams in the first round just like at Wimbledon and toppling Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in just over two hours to book the third-round clash with the reigning champion Naomi Osaka.

The Japanese was the one who halted Gauff in New York last year and will try to remain unbeaten against the youngster who is ready to test her skills against one of the best players in the world and see how much she improved during the offseason.

Cori lost serve twice against Cirstea and delivered three breaks to cross the finish line first, firing a booming second serve at 15-30 in the tenth game of the final set and moving in front with a break in the next game that carried her over the top.

At the age of 15, Gauff already has seven Grand Slam wins under her belt from three consecutive tournaments, believing in her abilities and the will to challenge the rivals from the top. "I had a lot of support from the crowd; I also played aggressive tennis, fought for every point and served well.

The changing point of the match was that booming second serve at 5-4, 30-15 down in the deciding set; I'm happy that one went in. I don't think anyone can teach you to produce clutch when you need it the most; when it comes to pressure, it is all about what you feel at that moment, what would be the right shot to play; coach can't help you with that.

I'm excited to meet Naomi Osaka again; she is a great competitor and the match will indicate how much I improved during the offseason."