American teen tennis sensation Cori “Coco” Gauff has done it again.
On Friday she beat Naomi Osaka of Japan in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Gauff becomes the youngest player in the professional era to eliminate the reigning women’s champion at the tournament.
“Honestly, like, what is my life? Like, oh, my gosh!” Gauff said to the crowd after the match. “Two years ago, I lost first round in juniors and now I’m here. This is crazy.”
The two first met last year during the U.S. Open, where Osaka’s victory led to a touching post-match moment.
On Monday, the 15-year-old Gauff defeated one of the most decorated players in women’s tennis and her own role model: Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner. It was practically a replay of the first-round Wimbledon match that propelled the prodigy from Florida to stardom just seven months ago, when she beat Williams against the odds.
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source: nbc sports
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