Australian Open 2023 | Gauff units up blockbuster Raducanu conflict

Coco Gauff of the U.S. performs a backhand return to Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic throughout their first-round match on the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on January 16, 2023
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Coco Gauff raced into the second spherical of the Australian Open to arrange a blockbuster conflict with Emma Raducanu after a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Katerina Siniakova on Monday.

Former US Open champion Raducanu, who’s unseeded at Melbourne Park, beat German Tamara Korpatsch, 6-3, 6-2, barely 10 days after exiting the Auckland occasion in tears with an ankle damage.

Gauff, 18, gained in Auckland and stated she might empathise with the strain the younger British star comes beneath forward of their first assembly on tour.

“I talk to her (Raducanu) pretty much at all the tournaments,” seventh seed Gauff informed reporters after breezing via in an hour and quarter-hour on Rod Laver Enviornment.

“Obviously I was a lot younger when I got the attention, so I definitely think handling it at an older age is a little bit easier than at 15.

“But additionally, on the similar time, I did not win a Slam. I am not British, and wasn’t the primary British lady to try this in I do not know what number of years.

“I definitely can relate to bursting onto the scene and dealing with some pressure but I don’t think to that level.”

Raducanu, 20, who surprised the tennis world by rising from qualifying to win the US Open in 2021 however has struggled on tour since, stated she could not wait to check herself towards Gauff.

“Yeah, I’m really looking forward to this match,” Raducanu informed reporters. “I’m very up for it. Coco has obviously done a lot of great things and she’s playing well. I think we’re both good, young players, we’re both coming through — part of the next generation of tennis really — it’s going to be a great match.”

The 2 younger stars have by no means confronted off earlier than, however there may be mutual respect, with each having emerged onto the world scene at an early age.

“I mean, I know her a fair bit,” stated Raducanu. “Off the court, she’s really nice and friendly and really down-to-earth. Yeah, she’s cool.”

Gauff wasted no time Monday in stamping her authority on Forty sixth-ranked Siniakova, breaking the Czech within the fourth and sixth video games to take the opening set 6-1 in 22 minutes.

She needed to work a lot more durable within the second set, breaking again instantly after going 4-2 down after which once more for a 5-4 lead.

She secured the match in an hour and quarter-hour on her seventh match level after a last recreation that lasted greater than 10 minutes.

Gauff would turn into the youngest Australian Open champion since 16-year-old Martina Hingis in 1997 if she lifts the winner’s Daphne Akhurst Cup on January 28.

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