Emma Navarro says Coco Gauff's frustration boosted her confidence: “I guess it maybe gave me a little bit of momentum”

Monday, 08 July 2024 at 21:00
Emma Navarro opined that Coco Gauff shot herself in the foot during their Wimbledon match. The world No. 17 surprised her compatriot, the second seed, with a 6-4, 6-3 victory, marking the best win of her career and advancing to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The 23-year-old continues her impeccable run at SW19 and has guaranteed her rise to world No. 14, her highest ranking starting Monday, with potential to climb even higher. Her next challenge will be against the seventh seed and recent French Open runner-up, Jasmine Paolini.

Navarro’s historic win over Gauff 

Navarro’s performance was not entirely unexpected for a player who has steadily climbed the rankings over the past year. She is top-10 in the WTA Race, won a title earlier this year, and boasts a 40-15 record in 2024. Against Gauff, she remained composed and unfazed by her opponent's favoritism.
During the second set, Gauff began losing control and grew visibly frustrated with her box. Navarro, leading 6-4, 4-1, sensed that Gauff's outburst would help her seal the victory. "Yeah, it's definitely a little bit of a confidence boost, just knowing that your game plan is doing what you wanted it to do," Navarro said. "I don't normally give the other side of the court too much energy. I keep it on my side of the court."
"Yeah, I guess seeing her kind of frustrated and looking at her box, putting her arms up in the air, it's definitely a little bit of a confidence boost,” Navarro added. "I guess it maybe gave me a little bit of momentum and just some energy that I needed."
Emma Navarro at Wimbledon.
Navarro will take the court on Tuesday to face her first Grand Slam quarterfinal against Jasmine Paolini, who recently reached the final at Roland Garros: "It will be me versus her. Obviously, it will be in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. It's going to be my tennis versus hers. Hopefully, it will speak for itself," she explained.
Navarro also praised her opponent's strong year as she prepares to challenge Paolini: "Yeah, she's been on this stage before not too long ago. I don't know if that will work to her advantage. I'll be ready to play. I'll be really excited to play."
Currently, Navarro leads the head-to-head 3-0, with all previous matches played on hard courts, including a three-set victory this year in the third round of the Miami Open.

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