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Gauff hangs tough to reach Wimbledon second round


Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Gauff hangs tough to reach Wimbledon second round- Coco Gauff got off to a bumpy start and converted only four of 25 break points but those glitches were not enough to throw her off course as she reached the Wimbledon second round with a 2-6 6-3 7-5 win over Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse on Tuesday. Follow Wimbledon 2022 LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN

The 18-year-old American is the youngest player in the singles draw and after her runner-up finish at the French Open this month, many are tipping her to go all the way at the All England Club.

Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Gauff hangs tough to reach Wimbledon second round

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However, when she lost the opening seven points against the little-known Romanian, including surrendering her serve to love, her father and coach Corey could be seen frowning on a sun-soaked Court Two.

When 11th seed Gauff went on to earn and lose four break points in Ruse’s opening service game, it set the tone for a frustrating afternoon for her family.

The popular teenager, who captured the world’s attention when she made it to the Wimbledon fourth round as a 15-year-old school girl in 2019, finally got a foothold in the match when she broke for a 4-2 lead in the second set before levelling at one set all.

The 24-year-old Ruse fought back from 3-1 down in the final set to level at 3-3 but Gauff hung on despite continuing to misfire her shots on break points and secured victory when her opponent whipped a forehand wide on match point.

She will next face Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Gauff hangs tough to reach Wimbledon second round

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