“Remember The Bencic Match”: Coco Gauff Reflects on The First Quarter of 2021 Season


Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff

The teen prodigy Coco Gauff created three personal histories in the first three months of the 2021 season. However, the American rising star admits that the first quarter of this year was a combination of many ups and downs.

“I Can Look Back On And Learn From The Matches”: Gauff 

The 17-year-old from Delray Beach kicked off the new year at the Abu Dhabi Open, where she bowed out after a second-round defeat against Greek Maria Sakkari. Afterwards, Guaff fell in the second round at the Gippsland Trophy and the Australian Open during the Melbourne summer series.  

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff

“I think it was a lot of highs and a lot of lows. I feel like it’s something that I can look back on and learn from the matches that I had the chances to win,” Gauff stated in the post-match interview in Miami.

Before departing from Down Under, Coco Gauff reached her first-ever WTA 500 event semifinal at Adelaide International. Even though American entered into the tournament as a qualifier, she advanced into the last four after four consecutive three-set victories. 

Gauff lost a championship match spot to Swiss Belinda Bencic in the tight three sets. Especially she gave up the first set on edge. The 2019 Linz Open title winner continued, “I remember the Bencic match in Adelaide, a close match, three sets.” 

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I Had A Lot Of Close Matches In Dubai, says Coco Gauff 

Following the Aussie Open swing, Gauff competed at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, where she reached her first-ever WTA 1000 quarterfinal. Notably, Coco played a three-set thriller opening round match against Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova.

“Dubai, I had a lot of close matches that I could have lost my first round, down two match points. I think it’s something I can take a lot and learn from it, and I’m going to build for it.” Gauff added.


With back-to-back stunning performances, Coco Gauff recently made her WTA singles top 40 debut. She reached her career-high singles ranking of world No.35 on 15th March and is ranked 36th globally. 

Gauff exited early from Miami Open’s singles category, but she has been playing in the doubles with her partner Caty McNally. She will next compete in the Volvo Car Open, Charleston, South Carolina.  

“I guess my next tournament in Charleston. I’m excited I can play in the States still, but I think it’s something I can still build from and learn from. I’m not mad at it,” Coco Gauff concluded.

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