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Australian Open: Coco Gauff broke down in tears after defeat by Ostapenko

Australian Open: Coco Gauff broke down in tears after defeat by Ostapenko

Australian Open: Coco Gauff broke down in tears after defeat by Ostapenko

Australian Open: Coco Gauff broke down in tears after defeat by Ostapenko

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  • Coco Gauff lost to Jelena Ostapenko at Australian Open.
  • Gauff broke down in tears when asked to describe her irritations.
  • Latvian Ostapenko will face Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals.
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Coco Gauff, angry American who had just lost to Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-3, at the Australian Open, broke down in tears and lamented her inability to comprehend the Latvian’s strategy.

Gauff entered the competition after having a stellar 2022 in which she reached the French Open final, but it was former Roland Garros champion Ostapenko who won the match and advanced to face Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals.

“I think every loss is somewhat in my control because I do feel like I’m a good player, but today she just played better,” Gauff, seeded seventh, told reporters.

“There were moments in the match where I was getting frustrated because I normally can problem solve but today I feel like I didn’t have many answers to what she was doing.

“There were balls I was hitting deep and she was hitting them on the line and hitting them back deep, like, over and over again. It’s just one of those days that just didn’t go my way and went her way.”

Gauff broke down in tears when asked to describe her irritations.

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“I think it’s because I worked really hard and I felt really good coming into the tournament and I still feel good,” Gauff said. “I still feel like I’ve improved a lot.

“But when you play a player like her and she plays really well, it’s like there’s nothing you can do.

“So it’s a little bit frustrating on that part.”

Gauff is playing in the women’s doubles at Melbourne Park alongside fellow American Jessica Pegula, and she claims that the format helps her get over losing heart.

“I think doubles has taught me how to play after losing, how to play with frustration,” Gauff added.

“So I feel like it’ll help me in the future. Bouncing back from a loss is difficult in a Grand Slam but I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I hope I can help her and I hope that she continues well in the (singles) tournament now that I’m out.

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“I hope she wins it. I knew we would probably face each other if we both kept winning. I’m rooting for her all the way.”

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