Coco Gauff offers Naomi Osaka and goes to quarter in San José

American Coco Gauff beat her compatriot Naomi Osaka (6-4, 6-4) on Thursday at the San Jose tournament in California.

Coco Gauff, 11th in the world and finalist at the last Roland-Garros, qualified for the quarter-finals of the hard-surface tournament in San Jose, California on Thursday, beating Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4.

The 18-year-old American, seeded N.6, will face Spaniard Paula Badosa (N.2) in the next round.

Gauff, more aggressive and enterprising, often outflanked Osaka, who returned to competition this week after two months out with a persistent Achilles tendon injury.

The former world number 1, now ranked 41st and who is again trained by her father Leonard François after two years under the leadership of Wim Fissette, had the merit of hanging on in the game, despite the domination of her opponent.

Trailing 5-2 in the second set, Osaka first saved four match points on his engagement, before unbreaking in stride. She then erased three others, still on her serve as she trailed 0-40.

Returning to 5-4, the Japanese ended up giving in on the 8th match point conceded to Gauff, who ultimately did not procrastinate too much when concluding in 1:29.

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, seeded N.4, suffered to reach the quarters, at the expense of the American qualifying Caroline Dolehide 5-7, 6-1, 7-5. She will face the Russian Daria Kasatkina.


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