15-year-old American tennis youngster, Cori Coco Gauff, will face defending champion, Naomi Osaka, in the US Open third round on Saturday.
Gauff proved that her impressive run to the second round at this year’s Wimbledon was not a fluke, by edging Timea Babos of Hungary 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at the Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday night.
She covered the court very well, tracking down shot after shot from Babos.
She hit serves at up to 118 mph, recording nine aces and mixed in drop shots, passing winners to great effect.
When play resumed at the final changeover, Gauff broke Babos’ serve to end a second consecutive three-set win.
“This is just the beginning, I promise,” Gauff told the crowd that cheered her with “Let’s go, Coco!” at the final changeover.
“I was thinking, like, maybe they feel like I’m Golden State in Game 7 or something. It’s different, because you’re an individual player, so it’s weird, I guess. Most of the time you hear the chants, it’s for a whole team, not just for, like, me. So it was pretty cool,” she said.
“A 15-year-old girl with power on the serve like this, I wish I had that when I was younger,” 26-year-old Babos said after the match.
“If she continues like this, it’s definitely a very bright future.”
Another young American sensation, Taylor Townsend, 23, upset two-time Grand Slam winner, Simona Halep, with a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory also on Thursday.