Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff came into the US Open as the youngest player to play in the Grand Slam event at the age of 15 and immediately became the toast of all eyes.
Coco as she is fondly called, breezed past reputable opponents to reach the third round, her recent victim being 18-year old Russian Anastasia Potapova before she met an experienced Naomi Osaka. The 15-year old, however couldn’t replicate the form that saw her up to the round as she committed so many errors which led to a 6-3, 6-2 defeat to the top-seeded Japanese.
A teary Coco couldn’t hold back emotions after the match but it is her courage and resilence which caught the eye of Osaka who had to comfort her and even invited her to her post-match interview.
The Tennis junior champion might be out of this year’s tournament but she surely did make an impression on many at the Louis Armstrong stadium including her supportive parents Corey and Candi Gauff.
However, she will still be participating in the doubles event with Catty McNally.
By Chineze Ogugua