‘Huge Upset’ Coco Gauff goes down in straight-sets to World No. 110 Qiang Wang in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open

World No. 110 and wildcard entrant Qiang Wang defeats World No. 16 Coco Gauff in their first-round encounter at the 2022 Australian Open.

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff

World No. 16 Coco Gauff had a poor day on the court today as she lost in straight-sets to World no. 110 Qiang Wang in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open during their match at the Margaret Court Arena. Wang won the match 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour and 13 minutes to pick up her first win against the American teenager.

It was a poor performance from Coco who was almost bageled in the second set and was 0-5 down in the second set before she won two games. Wang however held her serve to close the match 6-2 and wrap up the proceedings. Coco had 3 double faults to Wang’s 2 while Coco made 38 unforced errors to Wang’s 15, the difference that eventually cost the match to the American as Wang won 64 points while Coco had 47.

Wang left the court to massive applause from the spectators including her coach, Pat Cash, who cheered on for her and was happy with her performance. Wang credited Pat for the victory and was happy with herself for applying the strategies the coach had discussed with her.

“I lost two times against her (Coco) last year this time I just wanted to focus on the court nothing else. I just focussed on my game. I am very lucky to have him (Pat Cash as her coach), he has helped me very much, he is a very nice guy. I just did what he told me and I think I did really well,” said Wang in her on-court interview.

Coco Gauff hurriedly left the court, Wang to now take on Maria Sakkari

Qiang Wang
Qiang Wang

After the handshake at the net, Gauff hurriedly left the court picking her stuff and certainly looked angry at herself for putting this performance as she messed up her chances against the wildcard entrant Wang. As for Wang, she will now take on 5th seeded Maria Sakkari who won her first round clash in straight-sets.

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