Coco Gauff beats the former n. 1 Naomi Osaka in two sets

SAN JOSE (AP) – On Thursday night Coco Gauff held off four-time senior champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.

Gauff, no. 6-seeded, held all of his serves in the opening set and finished the 45-minute session with three aces. Osaka had their first double fault of the match early in the second set and Gauff took advantage of it for a 2-1 lead. Gauff quickly built a double break lead at 5-1 and 40-0 before Osaka saved four match points and used their first ace to lead them to 5-2.

Osaka then beat Gauff for the first time in the match and overcame another 40-0 lead with five consecutive 5-4 points. But Gauff finished in his eighth match point with a firm serve.

“The proudest was the way I responded mentally,” said Gauff. “I could have easily folded in those two double fouls and match points that I lost. But I kept telling myself ‘Another point, another chance’ and then the music helped on the bench. I was trying to sing along with the song to get me out of the game. “

Gauff’s victory equalized the series with Osaka with two wins each. Gauff will face n. 2 seeds Paula Badosa Friday.

Other winners in San Jose were Shelby Rogers and Aryna Sabalenka’s No. 4 suits.

Rogers beat seeded Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals for the third time this season. After an opening round win against 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, she beat Sakkari, 2018 finalist and 2019 semifinalist in San Jose, for the third consecutive time.

Sabalenka returned from 5-3 in the third set and led Caroline Dolehide 5-7, 6-1, 7-5. Sabalenka overcame 20 double fouls in the match to move up to No. 7-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia.

Friday’s schedule in the US Open hard court setup includes Wimbledon Ons finalist Jabeur, who will face Veronika Kudermetova.