ROD LAVER ARENA — Emma Raducanu and Coco Gauff may have many more opportunities to compete in their careers, but for now, the American is ahead in what many people hope will be a legendary rivalry.
Raducanu was said to have a “free swing” at the French Open finalist due to her underdog status in a match that received the top billing of opening the night session on the Rod Laver Arena, despite being two years older than the American.
The first set demonstrated the gap in the world rankings of 70 places as Raducanu committed 21 unforced errors to hand the American the opening game.
Though Raducanu fought back from a 4-2 deficit to earn set points in the tenth game of the second set, Gauff’s monster serve saved her on both occasions, and she punished the British No. 1 in the tie-break by taking her third match point to win in an hour and 43 minutes.
Day 3 results
Men’s singles, second round
Women’s singles, first Round
Women’s singles, second round