Coco Gauff Moves On Setting Up US Open Round 3 Match With Naomi Osaka

Friday, August 30, 2019 3:52 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 3:52 PM UTC

Teen sensation Coco Gauff survived a thriller against Hungarian Timea Babos last night and now she will face No. 1 Naomi Osaka next.

<div><p>Gauff won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to become the youngest player to reach the third round of the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996 (almost eight years before Gauff was born).</p><p>The 15-year-old from Florida moved will now battle No. 1 seed and defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka in a match that will likely take place under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium <a href="" target="_blank">on Saturday</a>.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;She keeps moving ➡️&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@CocoGauff&lt;/a&gt; defeats Babos in a 3-set thriller to set up a R3 match against Naomi Osaka!&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#USOpen&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— US Open Tennis (@usopen) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;August 30, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p><em>"For </em><em>me</em><em> it's still wild,"</em> Gauff said after her win. <em>"The first round was the first time I actually had a chant, but today it was a lot louder and a little more consistent. I was thinking like maybe they feel like I'm Golden State [NBA team] in Game 7 or something. It's different because you're an individual player, so it's weird. Most of the time you hear the chants, it's for a whole team, not just for, like, me."</em></p><p>Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff have practiced together in the past but Gauff knows that she will have to put their warm relationship aside on Saturday:</p><p><em>"She's an amazing player,"</em> Gauff said. <em>"She's defending champion. She's won two slams. She's No 1. She's only 21. We're both pretty young. But I'm a little bit newer to the game. So I'm just curious to see how my game matches up against her. </em><em>Obviously</em><em> I want to win."</em></p><p>Osaka defeated Magda Linette 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round of the US Open, with <a href="" target="_blank">Kobe Bryant</a> and Colin Kaepernick cheering her on from her box at Louis Armstrong Stadium.</p><p>Whether Gauff wins against Osaka or not, her progress in the US Open will reignite the debate over the age eligibility rules of the WTA. Right now 15-year-old players have a restricted number of events they can play to reduce burnout.</p></div>
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