Coco Gauff, a frustrated teenager, broke down after she lost 7-5 6-3 to Jelena Ostapenko in the Australian Open. The 18-year-old American said that she couldn’t find the right answers for the Latvian game.
Gauff entered the tournament after a fantastic 2022, where she reached the French Open final. However, it was Ostapenko (former Roland Garros champion) who won the contest and set up a quarterfinal match with Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.
“I believe every loss is in my hands because I feel like I am a good player. But today, she played better,” Gauff said to reporters, who was seeded seventh.
“I felt frustrated at times during the match. I am normally able to problem solve, but today I don’t feel I had any answers.
She was hitting balls deep that I hit, and then she would strike them again deep. This was just one of those days where things didn’t work out my way, but she did.
When Gauff was asked about her frustrations, she began to weep.
Gauff stated that he believes it is because he worked hard, and that he felt good going into the tournament. “I feel that I have made a great improvement.
It’s almost impossible to beat a player as good as her.
It’s frustrating at times.”
Jessica Pegula, a fellow American woman from Gauff’s team in Melbourne Park’s women’s doubles is her partner. She said that the format helped her overcome the defeat.
Gauff said, “I believe doubles taught me how I can play after losing and how to deal with frustration.”
It’ll be a great help in the long-term. It’s hard to bounce back after a loss in Grand Slam, but I look forward to tomorrow. She is a great player and I am glad I was able to help.
I hope she wins. We would likely face one another if both of us kept winning, I knew. She is my cheerleader.