Coco Gauff's French Open Loss Is The Wrong Kind Of Smashing Success
Coco Gauff made 41 casual mistakes and a mutilated bat in the 7-6, 6-3 loss to Barbora Krejčíková at the French Open on Wednesday.
After one of her seven double faults, Gauff hit her bat three times on the ground. The bat didn't stand a chance.
At the age of 17, Gauff was the youngest woman to have reached a French Open quarter-finals since 2006, and the youngest American since 1997. The tennis player has been on the cusp of becoming a big star for several years. In 2019, she angered Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon and moved into the fourth round. In 2020, she stunned defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round of the Australian Open.
But on Wednesday she gambled away a 3-0 lead in the first set and then vented with her bat in the second.
A frustrated Coco Gauff breaks the bat for the first time in her career!? # RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/V1aS1MvTUr
- Lakshya (@LakshyaNotLaksh) June 9, 2021
"After the match, my lash partner told me that this match was likely to make me a champion in the future, and I really believe it," Gauff told USA Today.
This is good news for the US tennis team at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Ranked 25th by the Women's Tennis Association, Gauff earned a spot and told the Associated Press that she "definitely" plans to go there.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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