Hours After Getting Ousted From Australian Open, a Tearful Coco Gauff Eager to Channel Inner ‘Frustration’ With Jessica Pegula

Published 01/22/2023, 5:25 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 22, 2023 Coco Gauff of the U.S. during press conference after losing her fourth round match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko REUTERS/Loren Elliott TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The Australian Open hopes from the WTA side for the US got a major dent as Coco Gauff crashed out of the tournament today. While there’s still hope, Gauff was their best shot for the title. Playing against 25-year-old Latvian tennis star Jeļena Ostapenko, Gauff lost her fourth-round match. Even though her hopes for the singles title are over, she can still make it in doubles.

Here’s what Gauff said about competing in the doubles leg with compatriot Jessica Pegula.

Coco Gauff still has hopes for doubles


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Even though she lost in singles, the tournament is not over for Gauff. Partnering with compatriot Jessica Pegula, the 18-year-old is through to the third round. While the disappointment about today’s loss is there, the American rising star is still hopeful and excited about giving it a fair shot in doubles as well.

“I’m excited to play doubles. I think it gives me a chance to still be around, and I definitely enjoy just competing in general. So I think it will help me regardless of tomorrow. Just let me play with some frustration,” Gauff said. The World number seven further added, “So I feel like it will help me in the future. You know, bouncing back from a loss is difficult in a Grand Slam,but I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”


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While the singles for Gauff is over, Pegula is still out there competing in her fourth-round match against Barbora Krejčíková.


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Gauff once admitted she enjoys doubles more than singles

Coco Gauff is an amazing player with great numbers in both singles and doubles. While the fan following and focus is always more on the singles matches, the American personally loves playing doubles. Last year in an interview, the 18-year-old said that singles matches are intense and there’s no fun.

On the other hand, in doubles matches, one can have fun with her doubles partner. Also, she mentioned the support and encouragement you get from your partner while playing doubles matches. It is not there in a singles match and you are all alone.


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Do you think Gauff and Pegula can go all the way to lift the doubles title in this year’s Australian Open? Let us know in the comments section.



Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

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