Coco Gauff stunned by Emma Navarro as women's draw blown wide open at 2024 Wimbledon

Sunday, 07 July 2024 at 22:25
Emma Navarro (No. 17) reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals after defeating world No. 2 Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-3. The American No. 4 secured the second big win of her career against a top-2 player and is now for the first time among the final 8 at a Grand Slam tournament.
Navarro's level this week has been impressive, including a decisive victory over former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka in the second round and now against current world No. 2 Coco Gauff, which guarantees her entry into the top 15 for the first time in her career.

Navarro dominates Gauff in American clash

A tightly contested start where both players held strong service games until 2-2. It was then that Navarro faced issues with her first serve, which cost her dearly against one of the best returners on tour, who took a break to love as a sign of her favoritism in the preview.
Gauff's lead didn't last long as she failed to consolidate the break and quickly lost her advantage in the next game on the first opportunity she gave to her opponent. In the 10th game, Navarro capitalized on a couple of break opportunities to go up 6-4 after 41 minutes of play.
The world No. 17 stepped up the pace in the second set, while Gauff began to look frustrated and made uncharacteristic errors. Navarro had an 84% first serve percentage, winning 70% of them, while Gauff could only manage to hit 54% of her first serves.
Coco Gauff at the last French Open.
Navarro seized a break opportunity in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. The American No. 4 didn't need more, showing nerves of steel throughout and never succumbing to the pressure from her opponent. Despite Gauff performing well in her last service games, she couldn't create opportunities on return, and Navarro ultimately secured a notable victory by 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and fifteen minutes.
In the quarterfinals, her opponent will be the 7th seed Jasmine Paolini, who advanced somewhat luckily. In her last match against Madison Keys, she was down 2-5 with two breaks behind but managed to come back to 5-5, when Keys was forced to retire from the match due to an injury.

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