Coco Gauff hits a smash worthy of Pete Sampras!

In the third set, Coco won an exceptional point: to shorten a rally that could have been dangerous, the young US tennis star played an excellent game at the net, finishing with a smash worthy of Pete Sampras

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Coco Gauff hits a smash worthy of Pete Sampras!
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Coco Gauff, one of the possible favorites to win the US Open title, had to play three sets in her first round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The American was initially surprised by the German Laura Siegemund, then she sorted things out by winning the next two sets 6-2, 6-4.

In the third set, Coco won an exceptional point: to shorten a rally that could have been dangerous, the young US tennis star played an excellent game at the net, finishing with a smash worthy of Pete Sampras. Here is the video shared by the US Open X account:

The other matches

On court 17, success in two sets instead for the Czech Petra Kvitova, who took off in the first (6-1) and closed the match against the Spanish Cristina Bucsa in the tie-break.

Caroline Wozniacki's return to New York was also a great celebration, as she successfully passed the first round of the main draw at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The Danish, returning but already in excellent shape to be able to express a very good level of tennis, defeated the Russian Tatiana Prozorova 6-3, 6-2 with few problems.

There was no match between Elena Rybakina and Marta Kostyuk: the Kazakh, who can get a good result in Flushing Meadows (last year she was immediately eliminated), dominated the Ukrainian with an harsh 6-2, 6- 1. One of the most intense matches of the day was the challenge between Sloane Stephens and the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, victorious after a tough battle 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Young Mirra Andreeva also won, beating her Australian rival Gadecki in three sets. Jasmine Paolini failed to beat 20th seed Jelena Ostapenko. The Italian didn't start very well and she lost 6-2 in the first set without worrying her opponent too much.

The 27-year-old didn't give up and reacted brilliantly in the second set, beating her 6-4. In the decisive set, the Latvian dominated the exchanges again and conquered the pass for the second round (6-1).

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