The 15-year-old American has reached the third spherical of the US Open with a 6-2, Four-6, 6-Four win over Hungary’s Timea Babos on Thursday in two hours, 22 minutes. Gauff is the youngest lady to succeed in the final 32 at Flushing Meadows since Anna Kournikova’s run to the spherical of 16 in 1996.
After the match, followers at Louis Armstrong Stadium, together with her mother and father, chanted “Coco! Coco!”
“It will get me tremendous pumped, and I am like, wow,” Gauff instructed ESPN on the courtroom. “I am actually so grateful I am taking part in in entrance of all of you guys. You really consider in me. That is only the start. I promise. And I promise to at all times combat for you guys.”
Later, in her post-match press convention, she referred to as the chanting for her “wild.”
“I used to be pondering like perhaps they really feel like I am Golden State in Sport 7 or one thing,” she stated. “It is totally different since you’re a person participant, so it is bizarre, I suppose. More often than not you hear the chants, it is for an entire staff, not only for, like, me. So it was fairly cool.”
Osaka and Gauff have recognized one another for a couple of years, however Saturday might be their first time taking part in one another.
“Clearly she’s a tremendous participant,” Gauff stated. “She’s defending champion. She’s received two slams. She’s No. 1. She’s solely 21. We’re each fairly younger. However I am a bit bit newer to the sport. So I am simply curious to see how my sport matches up towards her. Clearly I wish to win. I simply wish to take pleasure in it, have enjoyable, benefit from the battle. We’ll see the way it goes. However my prime precedence proper now’s simply doubles.”
“I believe that is really going to organize me for Naomi, as a result of doubles to me is extra quicker paced than singles,” Gauff stated. “Naomi really hits the ball fairly laborious. I believe it should put together me properly for Saturday’s match.”
Hours earlier than Gauff took the courtroom towards Babos, Osaka was requested about doubtlessly taking part in the younger American.
“She’s tremendous candy and I’d like to play her, in fact,” the 21-year-old stated to reporters. “For me, once I hear individuals speaking about somebody, I wish to have the chance to play them simply to evaluate it for myself. You realize what I imply? So, yeah, undoubtedly would love that, however on the similar time I do know she’s going to must get via a tricky opponent. I am tremendous with whoever I play.”
The youngest participant within the draw, Gauff is making her US Open debut as a wild card. She grew to become an in a single day sensation in July when she reached the fourth spherical of Wimbledon, beating the likes of idol Venus Williams within the course of.
Gauff claimed the ladies’s doubles title on the Citi Open earlier this month, the place she partnered with McNally. In 2018, Gauff and McNally received the US Open ladies’ doubles title.
Earlier this week, Osaka approached the 15-year-old and struck up a pleasant dialog.
“I’ve really been making an attempt to speak to her not too long ago, as a result of I really feel she’s a bit bit like me, a bit bit — properly, I noticed her within the locker room, and she or he simply had her headphones on,” Osaka stated Tuesday. “I used to be, like, Oh, appears to be like acquainted. I simply went up and talked a bit bit.”
Gauff shared a part of that alternate whereas on ESPN’s set.
“She got here as much as me and she or he was like, ‘Congrats on Wimbledon,'” Gauff stated. “I used to be like, ‘Thanks. Congrats on all the things you are doing.’ Additionally, I used to be complimenting her headphones. … She’s a pleasant individual.”
As for Osaka, who should defend her title to maintain the No. 1 rating, she says she seems like she’s having enjoyable once more.
“I am probably not caring an excessive amount of about rankings or factors,” she stated. “And I do know that I stated that in the event you win a match that routinely makes you No. 1, however I am not even interested by successful this match proper now. Like, I am interested by my subsequent match, and I do know it is both going to be Coco or Babos. So I kind of be at liberty.”