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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

Coco Gauff Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 18, 2023 Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her second round match against Britain’s Emma Raducanu (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)
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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.

Coco Gauff of the U.S. with Britain’s Emma Raducanu after winning her second-round match at the 2023 Australian Open (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

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

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