Gauff said that she would likely have lost a match like Wednesday’s up to now, but she has learned how one can respond when her opponents take a lead.
“Down like to 30, 5-3, I definitely could have threw it within the can and got ready for the third set,” Gauff said, “same at 15-40, but I didn’t, and I feel that shows growth.”
The third round is the furthest Gauff has advanced within the U.S. Open. She was ousted within the second round last yr and the primary round in 2021. The last time Gauff made it this far within the tournament, she was just 15 years old, facing Naomi Osaka, who was then the reigning champion and held the world No. 1 rating. Osaka defeated Gauff handily in that match, 6-3, 6-0, and Gauff walked back to her bench in tears before Osaka invited her to do the post-match interview together with her.
“I’m going to learn lots from this match,” Gauff said then, through tears.
At 15, Gauff became a marquee name in tennis after defeating Venus Williams at Wimbledon, when she was competing because the youngest player ever in the ladies’s major draw. She now has a signature shoe with Latest Balance, (she sported a luminous pink and green version of it Wednesday) and has a cope with the Italian food brand, Barilla, but she has yet to win a serious title.
Unlike for Serena Williams’s first-round match Monday, Gauff said she wouldn’t be within the stands Wednesday because she could be receiving her post-match medical treatment and had a doubles match Thursday morning, but she could be watching on television within the stadium.
“Perhaps at the top if it’s not too late I’ll catch the top of it,” said.
“If it goes those three sets I probably won’t be staying to the top, unfortunately. I’d like to but that’s the issue when you have got to play and whenever you like tennis as a fan, too.”