Coco Gauff Storms Into Adelaide International 2021 Semifinal After Upsetting Shelby Rogers


Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff

Next-Gen superstar Coco Gauff reached the first semifinal of the season at Adelaide International 2021 after three sets(2-6, 6-4, 6-4) victory over compatriot Shelby Rogers on Thursday.   

The 16-years-old from the United States of  America was not sure if she would play at the WTA 500 event in the capital city of South Australia. However, Gauff advanced into the last four of the tournament after five wins in a row. 

In the hour and 50 minutes quarter-final clash, World No.52 came from a set down to stunned her countrywoman and World No.53 Shelby Rogers, who captured first set of the match after firing down ten winners. 

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Gauff landed five aces and saved six out of the ten breakpoints while she made seven double faults during a battle for a semifinal spot at Memorial Drive Centre Court. 

Coco leads Rogers 1-0 in their head to head series, and It was her first semifinal appearance since August 2020.

“I Believe I Can Win, But Not Really Necessarily Expecting To, I Guess”, Gauff on Competing Against Higher Ranked Players

Coco Gauff will now face World No.12 Belinda Bencic or World No.64 Storm Sanders for a championship match place. Notably, American never met Swiss and Australian in the WTA Tour.  

A teenager from Florida upset No.21 seed Petra Martic before reaching the quarterfinal on Wednesday. It was her fifth-best win according to opponents ranking. Gauff already stunned four top-15 players, including two top-10 players( Kiki Bertens and Naomi Osaka).

“When I play bigger players, I try to treat it like any other match. And just I knew today that I had nothing to lose, and she probably would feel the pressure a little bit more than I would because I’m a lower-ranked player and younger than her. But I just went out there playing free and just went for my shots,” Coco Gauff said in a recent conversation with Adelaide 

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