Coco Gauff, ranked No. 6 in WTA standings, defeated No. 32 Elise Mertens in the third round of the US Open on Friday, winning in three sets. Here’s what you need to know:
- Gauff lost the first set 3-6 before winning the final two 6-3, 6-0.
- The 19-year-old won the final 10 games against Mertens.
- Gauff will play Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday in the round 16.
The Athletic’s instant analysis:
How Gauff matches up against Wozniacki
This is one of the most exciting matchups in recent US Open history. Wozniacki — who was a finalist at this tournament in 2009 and 2014 — is mounting a comeback after retiring in 2020. She has played just six matches since then, but she has proven up to the task.
Gauff was a popular pre-tournament pick to win the title after she won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati two weeks ago, but Wozniacki is a true wild card at this point. This match will be on Ashe, and it’ll be the story of the day Sunday. Buckle up. — Pierce
Highlight of the match
That last game brought all the Coco highlights! pic.twitter.com/Y0dQEn32UR
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2023
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