Australian Open: Sofia Kenin brings Coco Gauff's Melbourne run to an end

Australian Open: Sofia Kenin brings Coco Gauff's Melbourne run to an end

Australian Open: Sofia Kenin brings Coco Gauff's Melbourne run to an end

In her previous match, Gauff beat Naomi Osaka to become the youngest player in the professional era to defeat the reigning women's champion at the Australian Open.

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Kenin managed to regroup perfectly and jumped out on Gauff again, and this time she wouldn't give in.

The Florida native burst to prominence a year ago when she became the youngest ever woman to qualify for the main Wimbledon draw, making an impressive charge to the fourth round.

Williams owns seven trophies from the Australian Open and hadn't lost as early as the third round at either of the hard-court Grand Slam tournaments - in Melbourne or at the U.S. Open - since all the way back in 2006.

She will be 16 by the time of her next two, the French Open and Wimbledon.

Another: She is taking online classes and said she's been given permission to turn in homework late, "considering the circumstances".

The unforced errors kept mounting for Gauff in the third set as Kenin broke her three times to secure her place in the quarter-finals against either China's Wang Qiang or Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

"Yeah, I mean, the hype is for her".

"I don't even think that this is a high point for me, even though I am doing well right now".

Sofia Kenin after securing the comeback win. Kenin vanquished it without any outward display of worry before holding her serve to push the set into the tie-break. I still have so much I feel like I can get better on. "I try to take it like any other match", Kenin said.

"I know she's (Gauff) playing well, I just tried to play my game and fight for every point and just not focus on anything else".

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari in their fourth round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne Australia Sunday Jan. 26 2020
Petra Kvitova is into her fourth quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open. AP

Dual Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has praised the manner Australia's Ash Barty has handled the pressure of her home Grand Slam, saying she deserves to be the world No.1.

Trailing 4-2 after dropping serve in the opening game at Melbourne Arena, Gauff reeled her older countrywoman in, winning three straight games and energising the packed crowd.

Next up for Barty is another rematch, this time with Petra Kvitova, who beat her in the quarter-finals past year to end hopes of a home victor.

Regardless, Barty has already done plenty to impress Kvitova. "I don't even think this is close to a peak for me". She has a big name.

She had a great 2019.

Down to what sure felt like her last chance, Williams came through with a cross-court forehand victor to close a 24-stroke point, then raised her arms, held that celebratory pose and looked over toward her guest box.

Wang credited that by encouraging her to spend more time at the gym so that she could add more oomph to her photos.

With that, Gauff became the youngest player to beat a top-five opponent in a high-level women's match since Jennifer Capriati did it at 15 in 1991. "(It) will be a great matchup if we play".

"Not really for me. Frankly, if we were honest with ourselves, I would lose that game", Williams said. I tried to play my game.

"It's nice on one side".

"It's odd. But.it didn't bother me at all".

"It didn't fire me up".

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