Coco Gauff overcomes shaky start to beat fellow American Caroline Dolehide in the


Coco Gauff breezed into the third round of the Australian Open with a straight set win over Caroline Dolehide on Tuesday night. 

The reigning US Open champion maintained her unbeaten start to the season after battling through a tense opening set to beat Dolehide 7-6 (2), 6-2 in an all-American scrimmage on Margaret Court Arena. 

Gauff survived an early scare in the first set as she edged her fellow American in a tiebreak to emerge victorious. 

Dolehide had rallied from 1-4 down to find herself serving for the set at 6-5 but a double fault and forehand error allowed Gauff to claw her way back into the set and convert set point in the tiebreak following a missed backhand from her opponent. 

The 19-year-old pulled two breaks clear of the world No. 42 in the second set but Dolehide refused to back down, engineering four break points as Gauff served for the match. 

Coco Gauff breezed into the third round of the Australian Open with a straight set

Coco Gauff breezed into the third round of the Australian Open with a straight set

The teenager beat fellow American Caroline Dolehide 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Margaret Court Arena

The teenager beat fellow American Caroline Dolehide 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Margaret Court Arena

Gauff survived an early scare in the first set as she edged her fellow American in a tiebreak

Gauff survived an early scare in the first set as she edged her fellow American in a tiebreak

Gauff finally sealed the second-round victory over her countrywoman, converting her fourth match point to set up a clash against yet another American in 23-year-old Alycia Parks, who beat 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez. 

Gauff has never been past the fourth round at Melbourne Park and is playing her final grand slam as a teenager, having reached the 2022 French Open final, before winning the 2023 US Open crown. 

‘I wasn’t nervous today, I was just trying to play good tennis,’ said Gauff following her win.

‘If you give her something short, she’s going to punish you for it. So I think if I could go back, I would try to play more deeper, more heavy like I did in the second (set).’

Meanwhile, Parks reached the third round of a Grans Slam singles tournament for the first time with a 7-5, 6-4 win over 32nd-ranked Fernandez. 

With her win, Gauff successfully avoided the Day 4 upsets which involved sixth-seeded Ons Jabeur and former top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki. 

Jabeur, the runner-up at Wimbledon in each of the past two years, made 24 unforced errors as she was beaten 6-0, 6-2 by 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva in 54 minutes.

‘I was really nervous before the match because I´m really inspired by Ons and the way she plays,’ said Andreeva, who lost in the final of the junior event here last year. ‘Before I started on the WTA Tour, I always watched her matches and was always so inspired. Now I had the chance to play against her.’

The reigning US Open champion had to battle through the first set in Melbourne

The reigning US Open champion had to battle through the first set in Melbourne 

Gauff finally sealed the second-round victory, converting her fourth match point

Gauff finally sealed the second-round victory, converting her fourth match point

She faces another American Alycia Parks next, who beat Leylah Fernandez on Tuesday

She faces another American Alycia Parks next, who beat Leylah Fernandez on Tuesday 

It is the second successive year that Jabeur has lost in the second round in Melbourne.

Wozniacki, the winner at Melbourne Park in 2018, was beaten 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 by 20-year-old Maria Tomafeeva, who is making her main draw Grand Slam singles debut this year.

Wozniacki, who had two children before returning to the WTA Tour last year after 3 1-2 years away, led by a set and 2-0 before Tomafeeva turned the match around with some devastating hitting, including 40 winners.

‘I´m really a bit speechless now,’ Tomafeeva said. ‘It was an honor to play here against Caroline today. I was going into the match without any expectations. I enjoyed every second of it.’

The Day 4 upsets included  Ons Jabeur and former top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki (pictured)

The Day 4 upsets included  Ons Jabeur and former top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki (pictured)

Sixth seed Jabeur was stunned by 16-year-old Russian Mirra Andreeva in straight sets

Sixth seed Jabeur was stunned by 16-year-old Russian Mirra Andreeva in straight sets

Wozniacki said the match ‘slid out of my hands . . . it definitely disappointing,’

Jabeur and Wozniacki played their matches under the roof, on Rod Laver Arena and John Cain Arena, respectively, with rain causing the start of matches on the outside courts to be delayed for three hours.

Gauff is joined by fellow US stars Jessica Pegula and Amanda Anisimova, who both also emerged victorious from the second round with wins against Rebecca Marino and Nadia Podoroska respectively. 

But it wasn’t an American clean sweep down under as Shelby Rodgers lost to former US Open winner Emma Raducanu, while Ashlyn Krueger fell to China’s Qinwen Zheng.



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