Coco Gauff recovered from a set down to beat eighth-seeded Ons Jabeur 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, and booked a ticket for the semifinals in the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. It was not a convincing win at all, but the American teen would be more than happy to overcome a tough challenge.`
Gauff wins a tense 3-setter match 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
The 16-year old Gauff had a tough outing as Jabeur looked threatening. It could have been the Jabeur match had she converted more than three breakpoints out of the possible twelve. That’s where Coco snatched the game away from Ons as she had a better conversion with respect to breakpoints (Gauff converted 5 out of 13 breakpoints). Both fought equally in the first two sets before Jabeur gave up in the third set as it was comfortably won by Coco 6-1.
In the semifinals, Coco Gauff will face her compatriot Jennifer Brady to reach in the summit clash of the tournament. However, she will have to overcome her service woes to think of winning the Top Seed Open as she double-faulted at least 11 times in her last-eight encounter.
Coco Gauff youngest in top 50 in WTA Rankings
It was a double delight for the teenage sensation as through the virtue of her victory in quarterfinals, Coco Gauff will re-enter into top-50 in WTA Rankings next week.
Interestingly, at 16 years and 5 months, she is the youngest player not only in top-50 but also in top-500, bringing another record under her name. Maybe a new Serena of America? Only time will tell although, at present, Coco Gauff is on the right path.