Coco Gauff came in as the favorite for the match with Jelena Ostapenko at the Australian Open.
The North American came with a lot of confidence, since she had easily won the first three rounds against careful rivals like Siniakova, Raducanu and Pera, all of them in two sets. In the case of the 17th seed, she had previously beaten Yatremska, Bondár and Kozlova, but the world No.7 was a bigger challenge.
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The first set was very close, with the American having 56% first serves, winning 83%. Most of her service games were won easily, but the Latvian was accurate in the important moments. When it seemed that the tie-break was inevitable, the former French Open champion avoided the break at 6-5 and took a tough first set, in which Coco could only take 1/7 break points, against Ostapenko's effectiveness, who took advantage of the two opportunities she had.
In the second set the 25-year-old showed a stronger level, against a Coco Gauff who dropped her first serve percentage considerably. For her part, the winner of the match had an incredible 77% first serve, winning 72%. Her next challenge will be against the 2022 Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina, who beat World No. 1 Iga Swiatek.
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