Australian Open: Emma Raducanu falls short against Coco Gauff in Melbourne

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In the second round of the Australian Open, Emma Raducanu loses to Coco Gauff 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Raducanu seems to be having abdominal pain as the American adolescent Gauff holds off a late comeback attempt by the former US Open champion.

In the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, British No. 1 Emma Raducanu challenged adolescent Coco Gauff, but she was unable to pull off an unexpected victory.

In this match of hard hitting, Raducanu was attempting to defeat a top-10 player for the first time. There were periodic flashes of brilliance from both players, but also a lot of mistakes.

The Brit, who is rated 70 places lower than Gauff, improved late in the second set and was the better player overall, but she was unable to convert two set points and lost 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to Gauff.

Raducanu vs Gauff: Match Stats

 
RaducanuMatch StatsGauff
1Aces3
3Double Faults3
69%1st serve win percentage66%
55%2nd serve win percentage48%
2/10Break points won3/7
17Total winners13
42Unforced errors41
71Total points won76

Gauff is one of the favorites to win the competition even though she is more than a year younger than her adversary and has more experience as a result of a more steady ascent through the ranks.

On a rainy day in Melbourne, Raducanu walked out for her debut on Laver while still sporting tape on her left ankle.

On her first service game, she was down 0-30 but fought back to hold. In the third game, Gauff was then required to preserve a few break points with some tremendous serving as both players settled into a riveting match between two of the biggest names in women’s tennis.

The American, who made it to her first Grand Slam final at the French Open last year, broke for 3-1, but she immediately lost it when a double-fault gave the British player the upper hand at the fourth attempt.

Gauff’s forehand appeared to be the goal of Raducanu’s attack, but she was also missing forehands as more costly mistakes gave her opponent a 4-2 advantage.

With a remarkable hold of serve, the 18-year-old extended his winning streak to three games to finish the first set.

Gauff, who won the Adelaide International championship before coming to Melbourne, saved three more break points when serving for the set before clinching it with a powerful first serve.

The pressing strategy of Raducanu failed, as she committed a total of 21 unforced mistakes.

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A second double fault from Raducanu gifted Gauff an early break in the second set. The world No 77 walked back to her chair holding her left abdominal muscle.

She appeared compromised by the stomach strain on serve but Gauff maintained her own focus to open up a 4-2 advantage with some more big serving.

However, in a dramatic turnaround, a horror game from Gauff handed Raducanu a break for 4-4 with the Briton quickly consolidating in the next.

Suddenly Gauff looked hesitant and Raducanu created two chances at 5-4 to force a decider, only to overcook a forehand on the first and dump a drop shot into the net on the second.

Gauff held on to force a tie-break and used her remarkable powers of defence to frustrate her opponent before clinching victory on her third match point.

source.nsemwokrom.com

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