Coco Gauff confirmed her apparent frustration at Roland Garros on Wednesday (June 9) as she smashed her racket throughout a French Open quarter-final defeat.
The American tennis champion misplaced to Barbora Krejcikova and have become the newest sudden semi-final exit in Paris. Down 4-0 within the second set, Gauff misplaced her cool and was warned for repeatedly smashing her racquet into the Court Philippe Chatrier clay. It’s the primary time she had let her mood flare in such a dramatic style.
Following the racket-smashing, Gauff surrendered 15 straight factors and went down 5-0 after which rallied from 5-1 to battle again to 5-3 however ultimately misplaced the match to in the end lose 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.
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“I’m obviously disappointed that I wasn’t able to close out the first set, [but] to be honest, it’s in the past. It already happened,” Gauff mentioned, in keeping with ESPN. “After the match, Enzo [Couacaud], my hitting partner, told me this match will probably make me a champion in the future. I really do believe that.”
Gauff was trying to grow to be one of many youngest ladies’s tennis gamers ever to win her first Grand Slam match. 31 years in the past, 16-year-old Monica Seles defeated No. 1 Steffi Graf to win her first main championship.
Wednesday’s defeat wasn’t an entire damaging for Gauff, who will now rise to No. 21 on the again of her efforts at Roland Garros. Additionally, she’s the primary girl to succeed in a Grand Slam quarterfinal in 15 years and received her first clay-court title in Parma final month.
“Obviously, it was a great season. In the future, I mean, I just want to keep continuing to get better. Hopefully next year I’ll be better,” Gauff mentioned.
“But I think that I’ve learned a lot over this swing and I have a lot that I can take with me later into my next tournaments later this year,” she added. “I think losing these matches are going to pay off in the future. I think if I continue fighting like this, other players, maybe if they do have the lead, will start to get nervous, because they know I’m not going to give in.”