Coco Gauff Defeats Laura Siegemund : In the U.S. Open’s first round on Monday, Coco Gauff, 19, from Florida, defeated German qualifier Laura Siegemund 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. It was an intense match at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Gauff won after losing in the first round at Wimbledon last month and twice at Grand Slam events. Gauff won 12 of her previous 13 matches. This win sets up a quarterfinal match against World No. 1 Iga Swiatek, making it her 12th win in 13 matches.
Gauff had to battle her opponent and Siegemund, who repeatedly delayed the game. The German lost a crucial point due to slow play. Gauff led 5-1 in the final set. Coco Gauff told chair judge Marijana Veljovic her thoughts at 3-0. “She’s never ready when I serve,” Gauff said. How is this right? Now, it’s silly.
Gauff won the match in 2 hours and 51 minutes, despite double-faulting three times while serving for it at 5-2 in the third set. This made it one of the most exciting games yet. In a game lasting over 25 minutes with 30 points, Gauff broke Siegemund’s serve after eight chances.
The mood was electric, and fans cheered for Gauff increasingly as the game progressed. Gauff’s coach, Brad Gilbert, and Gauff herself were upset that the judge intervened late to stop Siegemund’s delay tactics.
Gauff’s win boosted her confidence for the rest of the U.S. Open while other top-seeded players struggled. Holger Rune (ranked 4th) lost to Roberto Carballes Baena (ranked 63rd) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Rune was upset about Court 5, but didn’t blame the court for his loss. Maria Sakkari, No. 8, lost to Rebeka Masarova 6-4, 6-4. During her match, she complained about the distracting smell of weed.
Veronika Kudermetova, ranked No. 16, lost to Bernarda Pera 7-5, 6-4, and Alexander Bublik, ranked No. 25, failed to Dominic Thiem, the 2020 U.S. Open winner, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Thiem’s win was significant as his first Grand Slam victory since the 2021 Australian Open.
The U.S. Open has had surprising, disappointing, and standout moments. This bodes well for the rest of the event. Gauff’s victory is an early highlight. It excited fans and showed her determination to make a mark this year.