16-years-old Gauff’s decision to stay at Down Under follows the Australian Open earlier exit, which is now paying off for her. A qualifier entrant made her last-eight debut at WTA 500 event in South Australia’s capital.
Before reaching her first quarterfinal of the season, the World No.52 teenager had a tough fight with World No.21 from Croatia at Memorial drive centre court.
In the two hours and twelve minutes mouth-watering clash, both Gauff and Martic landed an equal number of aces and saved almost identical breakpoints.
Coco Gauff’s first WTA quarterfinal since her semifinal run at Top Seed Open last year and her fourth win in a straight line after the first round triumph and two qualifiers won.
Americans Quarterfinal Showdown at Adelaide International 2021
Coco Gauff will now lock horns with her compatriot Shelby Rogers for a semifinal spot on Thursday.
Shelby Rogers, who made her fourth-round debut at the Australian Open last week, reached the second quarterfinal of the season at Adelaide’s WTA 500 event after defeating tricky opponents World No.34 Veronika Kudermetova, who played her first WTA singles final at Abu Dhabi’s WTA 500 in the season beginning and No.3 seed Johanna Konta of Britain without losing a single set.
Gauff and Rogers are trying hard to re-establish themselves as top-50 players while they are ranked 52 and 53 in the world.