The 15-year-old American has that chance after rallying to defeat 18-year-old Russian Anastasia Potapova, Three-6, 6-2, 6-Four within the first spherical of the US Open.
“I believe I gave (my mother and father) a coronary heart assault,” Gauff mentioned on court docket to ESPN after the win. “Particularly my mother. My dad, he seems somewhat bit drained over there, too.”
It had been 5 years since a participant gained a major draw match on the US Open previous to their 16th birthday; the final participant to do it was CiCi Bellis.
Gauff, the youngest participant within the draw, trailed by a set and a break. However she fought again — and igniting the gang at Louis Armstrong Stadium whereas doing it. Gauff had Four-1 lead within the third set, however following a medical timeout Potapova broke again.
However Gauff stopped Potapova’s win streak, breaking to win the match when Potapova’s forehand went lengthy.
“Truthfully, I needed to win, and I used to be simply making an attempt to calm myself down, and actually it was the gang that actually helped me, as a result of I used to be virtually out,” Gauff mentioned to ESPN.
The 2 gamers’ mixed age is 33 years outdated, making it the youngest first-round matchup at this yr’s match. Potapova is ranked 72nd. Gauff is 140th, a profession excessive.
The youngest participant within the draw, Gauff is making her US Open debut as a wild card. She turned 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.
In her run, she additionally turned the primary 15-year-old to achieve the final 16 at Wimbledon since Martina Hingis in 1996. Gauff’s Wimbledon got here to an finish by the hands of eventual champion Simona Halep.
Since then, Gauff claimed the ladies’s doubles title on the Citi Open earlier this month, the place she partnered with 17-year-old and fellow American Catherine McNally. In 2018, Gauff gained the US Open ladies’ doubles title with McNally.
Gauff subsequent will face Hungary’s Timea Babos within the second spherical. Babos, 26, superior earlier Tuesday after her first-round opponent, No. 28 seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, retired after Babos gained the primary set 6-2.
Ought to Gauff get previous Babos, who’s ranked 112th, she doubtlessly may face world No. 1 Naomi Osaka within the third spherical. Osaka reached the second spherical with a 6-Four, 6-7(5), 6-2 win over Anna Blinkova.
Stated the 21-year-old Osaka in her post-match press convention of Gauff, earlier than the teenager would go on to win Tuesday: “She appears to be doing tremendous.”
Gauff later was requested about Osaka’s accomplishments.
“I believe she’s doing superb, clearly,” Gauff mentioned. “Hopefully I can get to her stage. I imply, she’s superb. She’s a pleasant particular person. I imply, I am unable to even, like, say something dangerous about her, her household, as a result of they’ve at all times been tremendous good, even since I used to be 12.”
As to if she will get to play her, Gauff deflected, saying, “Proper now I am simply targeted on my subsequent match. I’ll take it one match at a time.”