Tennis: Coco wins in doubles, gets boost for showdown with Osaka

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US teen sensation Coco Gauff prepared for her US Open third-round showdown with top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka by joining partner Caty ...

NEW YORK: US teen sensation Coco Gauff prepared for her US Open third-round showdown with top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka by joining partner Caty McNally for a first-round doubles victory Friday .

Gauff, a 15-year-old who reached the fourth round last month at Wimbledon in her Grand Slam debut, joined 17-year-old compatriot McNally to beat Germany's Julia Goerges and Czech Katerina Siniakova 7-6 , 6-2.Gauff, the youngest player in the US Open third round since Russia's Anna Kournikova in 1996, said the doubles helped prepare her for the challenge of 21-year-old Japanese star Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion.

"I think it helped me a lot to practice several serves," she said."You have to hit a lot of different shots in doubles. I think it will come in handy tomorrow." Gauff and McNally won last year's US Open junior girls doubles title and united for their first WTA doubles crown earlier this month at Washington.Advertisement"We've had a good chemistry since the first match," said McNally, a second-round singles loser to Serena Williams."The sky is the limit for us.""We're both young and still learning," Gauff said."We can relate to each other on and off the court and our communication is really good.

 

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