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Coco Gauff knocked out of Australian Open by Sofia Kenin

January 27, 2020


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open venue Melbourne Park dates the 20th of January to the 2nd of February
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selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app teenage phenomenon Coco
golf missed out on her first Grand Slam quarter-final is fellow American Sophia
cannon fought back to win in the Australian Open fourth round Gow 15 lost
six to seven five to seven six three six Oh to the 14th seed in Melbourne
she showed all her undoubted quality in the first set but tired in the third as
kenan wore her down kenan will next face tunisia Zhaan’s jubu ur who beats Serena
Williams’s Conqueror Wang Qiang in straight sets after a warm embrace at
the net Kenan and golf broke out in tears following an intense battle on
Melbourne arena Henin 21 dropped her racquet and cuffed her face with both
hands after taking her second match point to reach her first Grand Slam
quarter-final an emotional Goff received a standing ovation as she walked off the
court understandably disappointed at the manner of her defeat but with the
likelihood of much better moments ahead of her I was just fighting Kenan said
she played some good points at crucial moments but I just had to calm down and
relax golf falters as errors creep in golf has become a global star in less
than a year announcing her arrival with a victory over seven-time Grand Slam
singles champion Venus Williams at Wimbledon before Coco mania surrounded
her run to the last 16 the hype returned at Melbourne Park after the Florida
teenager who turned 16 in March produced an assured performance to knock out
defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round that was as much down to
Osaka’s implosion as it was Goff’s brilliance however against the
streetwise Kennan the question was always going to be whether she could
soak up her opponents relentless returning and then play aggressively to
ask questions of her own after a slow start where she lost the
opening two games golf rediscovered the things which have marked her out a
potential grape hard-hitting from the baseline fizzing angled winners and
fleet of foot around the court to break back for four to four golf missed a set
point on Kennon serve at six to five before the older American produced two
double faults as golf eventually took the tie break with her fourth set point
momentum swung back in Kennan’s direction early in the second set Goff’s
tendency to cough up double faults appeared again three contributing
heavily to kenan breaking serve in the fourth game and pinching the advantage
that group pivotal is golf with errors now starting to creep in was unable to
claw the break back in similar fashion to the opening set the teenager started
the decider slowly but this time could not recover analysis former Australian
Open semifinalist Chanda Rubin on Radio 5 Live Sports extra golf came through
the first set in flying colors when the pressure was on she played some of her
best tennis but Kenan she’s a tough competitor and it was always going to be
a challenge for golf to maintain that high level it was a bit surprising that
golf started missing the forehand went off and she struggled getting her rhythm
back Kenan was too solid and I think some of the nerves the tension the
desire to get through that match got to golf it’s been the most incredible
impressing thing about golf we forget sometimes that she’s 15 and she’s
handling these moments incredibly well you still need experience to get through
those deep tough matches against players who understand how to play their game in
the big moments nobody likes losing a 6 to 0 set but I think in the end there
are many positives golf can take from this and she’s just got to keep building
golf wants to be the greatest and that takes time she’s focusing on the right
things with the health of the parents and her team
it’s her mental fortitude the way she competes how calm how much poise she has
in the big moments and against the top players from Venus Williams at Wimbledon
to Naomi here she just manages to find a high level through all that pressure
that’s something that can take years to learn it’s something that’s come at such
a young age and that’s so impressive

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