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Coco Gauff vs Laura Siegemund

The battle of year for tennis industry

Tennis, which is typically seen as a sport in which generations collide, had an intense showdown between teenage phenomenon Coco Gauff and seasoned veteran Laura Siegemund. This match took place on Aug 28, attracting both spectators and commentators, demonstrating the ever-changing character of professional tennis. Gauff, an upcoming American tennis star, has already received global recognition for her outstanding games at such a young age. Gauff has emerged as an intimidating competitor in women’s tennis, because of her powerful groundstrokes, mobility, and exceptional court covering. Siegemund, a German tennis legend, on the other hand, has a lot of experience on her side. Her unconventional style of play, which combined slicing, drop shots, and net rushes, makes her a savvy competitor capable of upsetting even the top players.

On Day 1 of the US Open, Gauff was already behind a match when she had to play an exhausting 30-point, lengthy 25-minute game to start the second set. Even though there was still ample time to return on Monday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, this felt crucial. She was eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon last month after losing her last two Grand Slam matches, so this time, she did not want to go calmly. 

Gauff ultimately scored on her eighth break point of the match, defeating Siegemund 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, and moving on to the second round at Flushing Meadows in front of 10,000 of eager spectators.

Gauff’s biggest annoyance is when Siegemund had the lead, she demanded that she wait for the next point. Siegemund took her time on numerous occasions and was reprimanded by chair umpire, Marijana Veljovic, early in the final set. Brad Gilbert, one of two coaches who has recently worked with Gauff, was in disbelief at how long it took Veljovic to interfere. However, with a 3-0 lead in that set, Gauff was fed up and went over to argue her case. “She’s never ready when I’m serving. How is this fair?” Gauff told Veljovic. “I’m going at a normal speed. Ask any ref here. I’ve been quiet the whole match, now it’s ridiculous.” 

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Gauff eventually dropped that game. Later, Siegemund was penalized a point for another delay, putting Gauff up 5-1. This caused Siegemund to make her own case to Veljovic, saying, “I can’t go to the towel anymore?” 

Gauff had another hiccup near the end: she served for the match at 5-2 in the final set, but double-faulted three times. That was her only double-fault in the two-and-a-half-hour, 51-minute game. In the end, Gauff held on for her 12th win in 13 matches since the All England Club. 

This match between Coco Gauff and Laura Siegemund was an enthralling clash of generations that showed the constantly evolving nature of the sport, and Gauff’s victory demonstrated her enormous potential. As fans await future matches, it is obvious that the sport will continue to generate captivating encounters between known players and new potential, keeping the tennis world buzzing.

 

Photo courtesy of ABCnews.com

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