Australian Open 2021: Teenager Coco Gauff appears to be like to embrace strain and upset Elina Svitolina in second spherical
16-year-old Coco Gauff confirmed the shape that fuelled her dazzling run final 12 months at Melbourne Park throughout a crushing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Swiss Jil Teichmann
Melbourne: A relaxed Coco Gauff stated on Tuesday a carefree perspective had unlocked her precocious expertise after the teenage sensation booked a second spherical Australian Open showdown with World No 5 Elina Svitolina.
The 16-year-old confirmed the shape that fuelled her dazzling run final 12 months at Melbourne Park throughout a crushing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Swiss Jil Teichmann in 56 minutes.
It was a commanding efficiency from the strong-serving American, who wanted virtually three hours to beat 58th-ranked Teichmann final week on the warm-up Gippsland Trophy.
“I put method much less strain on myself than I did final week and you may sort of see how the match performed that I sort of performed somewhat bit extra free than final week,” she stated.
“I discovered lots from the summer time collection right here, and I am completely satisfied to take what I discovered into this week.”
The World No 48 was among the finest tales in Melbourne final 12 months, the place she upset reigning champion Naomi Osaka in straight units within the third spherical.
Gauff shortly emerged as a fan favorite and have become a vocal chief within the motion for racial justice in United States, the place a speech she delivered in Florida went viral on social media.
Touted because the inheritor obvious to 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, her heady rise was tempered with early exits on the US Open and French Open final 12 months.
Gauff stated she had discovered to deal with the excessive expectations.
“I do not really feel any strain,” she stated. “You need to do as nicely and even higher than the 12 months earlier than, however I strive not to consider it and simply take it one match at a time.”
She faces a troublesome job to match final 12 months’s run, having to play constant top-10 performer Svitolina on Thursday.
“She’s an incredible participant and I do know it should be a tricky match, however I am simply going to embrace the chance and attempt to play nicely underneath the strain,” Gauff stated.
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