Coco Gauff of America has made waves at this year’s Australian Open with her skill and resolve, showing signs that she could contend for its title. Gauff recently earned another impressive victory against compatriot Alycia Parks to move on to round four at Melbourne Park.
Gauff, the reigning US Open champion, showed her court prowess by defeating Parks with an emphatic 6-0, 6-2 scoreline within one hour of starting play on both courts in Florida, where their friendship began as children practice sessions together. Gauff was merciless throughout her victory as she raced through the first set without dropping even one game and made no concessions after.
Gauff’s exceptional serve proved to be a formidable weapon, leaving Parks struggling to unleash her typically powerful service game. The 19-year-old carried this momentum into the second set, converting all five of her break points while expertly fending off any challenges herself.
When questioned about Parks’ performance, Gauff commented, “I just know [Parks] as a person, that she’s a similar mindset to me, has a lot of big goals and expects a lot from herself. I feel like she wouldn’t have been nervous in the moment. I don’t even think she was. I think today just wasn’t her day.”
While Gauff’s star continues to rise in Australia, another teenage sensation, 16-year-old Russian Mirra Andreeva, is making waves with her impressive comeback victories. Andreeva recently conquered No. 6 seed Ons Jabeur and continued her stellar form with a remarkable turnaround against France’s Diane Parry.
After sharing the first two sets, Andreeva found herself trailing 5-1 in the deciding set. Against all odds, the young Russian fought back, saving a match point en route to a thrilling 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 triumph. Reflecting on her mental approach, Andreeva told reporters, “Maybe being harsh on myself actually helped me. I don’t know. I just try to think positively. This harshness, let’s say, helped me with it because I am not very positive in my head usually. I don’t know. I just kept pushing myself.” Also Read: Montreal Canadiens Stage Late Comeback to Shock Colorado Avalanche in 4-3 Victory
Even three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray commended Andreeva’s resilience, emphasizing the importance of mental strength in her comeback. He took to X (formerly Twitter) to criticize a commentator who had questioned the teenager’s mentality, stating, “Maybe she turned the match around because she is hard on herself and demands more of herself when she’s losing/playing badly? Winner.”
As the tournament unfolds, all eyes will be on Gauff as she faces Poland’s Magdalena Frech in the fourth round; Andreeva awaits whoever emerges victorious between Australian Storm Hunter and Czech Barbora Krejcikova for her matchup in round five.