Coco Gauff and Angelique Kerber Survive Their Opening Round Matches at US Open 2021

Published 08/30/2021, 11:20 PM EDT


The much-awaited US Open has finally started and big names like Coco Gauff and Angelique Kerber were taken to deciders on day one of the tournament. 

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Coco, who is 21st seeded in this tournament, would’ve been expecting a smooth win in her first round. However, her opponent, Magda Linette, had some other plans. In an unlikely turn of events, Coco Gauff lost the first set to Magda Linette. However, even though Coco was feeling the pressure, she held herself together and claimed a 5-7,6-3,6-4 win.

Mar 25, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Cori Gauff of the United States hits a forehand against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (not pictured) of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, World no.17 Angelique Kerber faced world no.51 Dayana Yastremska in a top-level game of tennis. The battle ended in an intense three-setter where Angelique lost the first set due to the outstanding passion shown by her opponent. Furthermore, despite being down in the last set, she fought back to win the match in the tiebreaker. Final score 3-6,6-4,7-6(7-3).

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Set 1

The heated battle between Kerber and Dayana took off in an exciting way. Both the players started their service games strong. However, Dayana got the better of Angelique as she won the first set 6-3. Kerber could not hold her service games because of Yastremska’s attacking game.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova REUTERS/Paul Childs

Set 2

As Angelique Kerber is not someone who gives up easily, she fought back with all her strength to win the second set. She broke Yastremska’s serve, put herself back in the game, and claimed the second set 6-4. 

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Set 3

The final set had both the players bring their A-games to the court. Both the players had no intention to give up. Although Dayana took the upper hand and lead 5-3, Kerber fought back to reach the tie-break.

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Angelique Kerber will now play her next match the day after tomorrow. Her opponent is yet to be decided. Whoever it is, they should surely watch out for her passion and the will to not give up.

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