Coco Gauff’s thrilling US Open run continued as she came back from a perilous position in her fourth-round match against Caroline Wozniacki to seal victory after she appeared to have a spat with coach Brad Gilbert.
Teenager Coco Gauff ended the Grand Slam comeback of mother-of-two Caroline Wozniacki to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.
The 19-year-old came from a break down in the first and third sets to win both and complete a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
Wozniacki’s return has been one of the stories of New York this year, having come out of retirement after more than three years and two children later.
The 33-year-old former world No 1 has looked as though she has never been away, but a fired-up Gauff proved just too strong in the deciding set.
Wozniacki appeared to be the favourite to win the match heading into the deciding set, with Gauff’s game collapsing at the end of the second set.
She was also picked up by on-court microphones telling her coaching team to “just stop talking”, with the comments apparently directed at Brad Gilbert.
The outspoken Gilbert recently started working with Gauff and with comments coaching teams now broadcast to the watching world during the match, the constant advice he has been giving out has been a feature of Gauff’s matches for TV viewers.
He told her to “play with more air on your shots” at a moment when Coco’s game was crumbling and she seemed to defy him by flattening out her backhand and apparently defying his suggestions.
When asked whether her coaching staff had annoyed her during the match, Gauff replied: “Sometimes I do tell them (coaching team) to chill a bit, because I like to think through matches my own way.
“My dad isn’t in the box anymore because he gets too nervous! He’s in a suite somewhere and doing laps around the stadium.”
Gauff went on to pay tribute to Wozniacki, who has made a huge impression in her first Grand Slam back in action after three years away, when she had two children.
“Caroline is back, and it’s like she’s never been back,” said Gauff.
“She has been an inspiration for me growing up. It’s weird. I grew up watching Caroline, and to be out here with her was an honour.
“She gets to a lot of balls, and I felt like I was playing myself, getting that one extra ball back. I’m happy I was able to get back the focus.
“You have to be mentally tough, she’s not going to back down.”
Gauff also looked back at the start of the third set as the key moment in the match, as she turned around a match that appeared to be in the hands of the Dane.
“Definitely getting it to 2-1 (in the third set) was the turning point,” she added.
“I got broke and I showed I was still in the match. I started to go for my shots.
“I’ve been in this position before and I think I have confidence in myself that I can go even further.”
Dealing with the huge expectations on her shoulders and controlling the talkative Gilbert are just two of the challenges Gauff is facing as she looks to win her first Grand Slam title.
So far, she has come up with the answers she needs, but even bigger hurdles will lie in wait.
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