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Gauff beats Raducanu in battle of rising stars to reach third round
Coco Gauff won against Emma Raducanu 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday and will play the winner of the match between Chinese Qinwen Zheng, the No 29 seed, and American Bernarda Pera in the next round
American Coco Gauff, the No 7 seed, defeated Emma Raducanu 6-3, 7-6 (4) to move into the third round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.
It is her 100th WTA main-draw level win – the youngest player to achieve that landmark since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.
This was the pair’s first meeting on tour.
Raducanu had turned her ankle last week and had faced a battle to be fit in time for the first Grand Slam of the year – her second main-draw appearance at the Australian Open.
Gauff, ranked No 7, will play the winner of the match between Chinese Qinwen Zheng, the No 29 seed, and American Bernarda Pera next.
She now has a 32-13 Grand Slam record – the only American women to win more matches at majors before their 20th birthday are Jennifer Capriati (50), Serena Williams (49), Venus Williams (43) and Lindsay Davenport (38).
The 18-year-old American won against Czech Katerina Siniakova (6-1, 6-4) ahead of her victory.
In the previous round, Raducanu, ranked No 77, beat German Tamara Korpatsch (6-3, 6-2).
Melbourne (Grand Slam), other second-round results (Melbourne Park, hard, USD 24.297.942, most recent results first):
- Kimberly Birrell vs. Linda Fruhvirtova
- Donna Vekic vs. Liudmila Samsonova
- Anna Karolina Schmiedlova vs. Camila Giorgi
- Lauren Davis vs. Elise Mertens
- Aryna Sabalenka vs. Shelby Rogers
- Leylah Fernandez vs. Caroline Garcia
- Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Laura Siegemund
- Taylor Townsend vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova
- Anett Kontaveit vs. Magda Linette
- Katie Volynets vs. Veronika Kudermetova
- Yulia Putintseva vs. Karolina Pliskova
- Qinwen Zheng vs. Bernarda Pera
- Karolina Muchova vs. Danielle Collins
- Olivia Gadecki vs. Marta Kostyuk
- Nadia Podoroska vs. Victoria Azarenka
- Elena Rybakina vs. Kaja Juvan
- Kateryna Baindl beat Catherine McNally: 6-1, 7-6 (4)
- Madison Keys (10) beat Xinyu Wang: 6-3, 6-2
- Barbora Krejcikova (20) beat Clara Burel (Q): 6-4, 6-1
- Cristina Bucsa (Q) beat Bianca Andreescu: 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4
- Lin Zhu beat Jil Teichmann (32): 6-2, 6-2
- Jelena Ostapenko (17) beat Anna Bondar: 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-0
- Anhelina Kalinina beat Petra Kvitova (15): 7-5, 6-4
- Jessica Pegula (3) beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich: 6-2, 7-6 (5)
- Maria Sakkari (6) beat Diana Shnaider (Q): 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
- Iga Swiatek (1) beat Camila Osorio: 6-2, 6-3