Cocomania strikes again! 15-year-old Coco Gauff beats defending champion and world No 3 Naomi Osaka in just 67 minutes for the biggest win of her incredible young career at the Australian Open
- Coco Gauff claimed the biggest win of her young career by beating Naomi Osaka
- The 15-year-old defeated the defending Australian Open champion in 67 minutes
- ‘This is crazy, I can’t believe,’ Gauff said after he straight-sets victory on Friday
- The American will now face Sofia Kenin or Shuai Zhang in the fourth round
Coco Gauff scored a sensational win over defending champion Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open on a day that felt like there was an abrupt changing of the guard.
With Serena Williams having bowed out just a few hours earlier, her 15 year-old heir apparent stepped up to upset a clearly rattled Osaka 6-3 6-4 in just 67 minutes.
Serving with penetration and covering the court with incredible agility, Gauff played with amazing poise to take advantage of 30 unforced errors from the No 3 seed.
Coco Gauff has claimed the biggest win of her career, defeating world No 3 Naomi Osaka
Gauff beat the defending Australian Open champion Osaka (pictured) in just 67 minutes
Gauff played with amazing poise to take advantage of 30 unforced errors from Osaka
The Rod Laver Arena witnessed something completely different to New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open, where the teenager won just three games, and ended up having to be comforted by her conqueror.
This time Osaka was apparently unnerved by the youth of her opponent and was broken for 3-5 with her backhand especially awry.
Gauff has clearly improved since last summer, but could also be grateful for the amount of gifts that came her way.
Osaka was unnerved by her younger competitor and struggled with her backhand all game
The 15-year-old American admitted afterwards: ‘This is crazy… I can’t believe this.’
MAJOR SCALPS OF COCO GAUFF’S YOUNG CAREER SO FAR…
Beat her in the first round of Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
Beat her in the Upper Austria Ladies Linz quarter-final to claim her first win over a top-10 player.
Knocked the two-time Grand Slam champion out of the Australian Open for the biggest win of her fledgling career.
She broke for 5-3 in the first set and then just needed to keep her poise as her opponent’s game collapsed in a heap by the end.
‘What is my life? Oh my gosh, Two years ago I lost first round in juniors, and now I’m here. This is crazy,’ said Gauff, who is still doing schoolwork online.
‘I was just telling myself one point at a time and keep fighting because you never know what happens on this court.
‘I’m on Rod Laver Arena, I can’t believe this.’
She now plays either American Sofia Kenin or Shuai Zhang.
Guaff’s famous victory comes on a day that also saw Caroline Wozniacki retire from the game after she was beaten by Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.
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