CORI "COCO" Gauff, the teenage tennis sensation, brushed aside USA compatriot Maegan Manasse in the opening qualifier of the Citi Open in Washington D.C. on Saturday (Jul 27). To get into the main draw, she will have to win matches Saturday and Sunday. "I'm hoping the preparation will show", Gauff said Friday.
Gauff did not earn direct entry into the main draw or qualifying draw, instead having to wait until Friday's news since she was ranked No. 313 before breaking out at Wimbledon.
Kuwata, ranked 265th in the world, rallied to beat American Maria Sanchez 4-6, 7-5, 6-0.
The 15-yr-previous American was the youngest participant to qualify for Wimbledon previously this summer months. "I feel like I learned a lot from Wimbledon as a player and a person", Gauff said. I wasn't sure I would get to play any matches before the U.S. Open.
"I feel like I learned a lot from Wimbledon as a player and a person". "I learned I'm capable of doing things I never thought of and that I have a fighting spirit".
While Gauff is continuing to do what she does best - play great tennis - she has spoken to the press about how her life changed forever since Wimbledon.
The tournament at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center runs until August 4 and was started by the legendary Arthur Ashe, then called the D.C. Open, in 1969. They'll reset on her 16th birthday in March.
"The weather is similar to home (in Florida), so I felt like I've been practising at home".
After her SW19 exploits, where she beat Venus Williams on her way to the last 16, Gauff's qualifier was watched by a near sell-out crowd in the USA capital.