Coco Gauff defeats former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka in straight sets at Silicon Valley Classic

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Coco Gauff declared a definite 6-4, 6-4 triumph versus Naomi Osaka in the 2nd round of the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, Calif. The result levels the all-time series in between Gauff and Osaka, as each of them now have 2 wins.

A No. 6 seed in this competition, Gauff is presently the world No. 11, helpful for the very best ranking of the 18-year-old’s profession so far. She definitely played like it on Thursday night, as she took control of the match immediately and broke Osaka when in the very first set. 

During the 2nd set, Gauff continued that momentum and handled to get a 5-1 lead. However, the previous world No. 1 Osaka did not quit quickly, going on to conserve 7 match points and cut the deficit to 5-4. It was a strong effort, however ultimately Gauff ended the match with an unreturnable serve. 

“At 5-1, 0-40, I was not settled at all. It’s very rare that someone comes back from 0-40 twice, but it’s Naomi,” Gauff stated after the match. “That just shows how much of a fight she has. She could have easily thrown in the towel, but she didn’t.”

Gauff stated Osaka is among those gamers that no matter what ball game it, she understands Osaka will constantly provide a difficulty. Gauff included she took pride in herself for not letting Osaka’s resurgence effort get to her. 

“I could have easily folded in those couple of double-faults and match points that I lost.” Gauff stated. “But I kept telling myself, ‘Another point, another chance,’ and then the music kind of helped on the bench. I was trying to sing along to the song to get me out of the match.”

Up next, Gauff proceeds to deal with No. 2 seed Paula Badosa on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Badosa made it to the 3rd round after beating Elizabeth Mandlik 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) on Wednesday. 

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