JUST IN: Gauff Advance To 4th Round, Eyes Title

Gauff Advance To 4th Round, Eyes Title

Gauff Advance To 4th Round, Eyes Title


Third-ranked Coco Gauff came from behind in the first set to beat Oceane Dodin 6-4, 6-0 and advance to the fourth round of the Miami Open for the second time in her career.
Gauff won 10 straight games after Dodin took a 4-2 lead in the opening set, thanks partly to nine double-faults by Dodin at critical moments.
Gauff has just one loss in her past 23 matches in the . That defeat came against Maria Sakkari at Indian Wells earlier this month.

Gauff, who turned 20 on March 13, is the youngest American player to hold a top three seed at Miami. The reigning US Open champion, who is from South Florida, attended the growing up and said capturing a title there would be special.

“It would be really cool to win here at home,” said Gauff, who was born in Delray , Florida. “I think the best part about winning here is just being able to drive home with the trophy and not have to fly and pack. … And I'm a Dolphins , so maybe if I win here they can win another trophy at the Super Bowl.”
Gauff will No. 27 Caroline Garcia, who defeated Naomi Osaka 7-6 (4), 7-5 on Sunday in a match in which the pair combined for 28 aces. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, came up short despite playing some of her best tennis of the season in Miami. She beat 17th-ranked Elina Svitolina 6-2, 7-6 (5) on Saturday, which was her second win over a top-20 opponent in her previous four matches.

In other 's matches, top-ranked Iga Swiatek came from behind to edge No. 31 Linda Noskova 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4; fifth-ranked Jessica Pegula defeated No. 35 Leylah Fernandez 7-5, 6-4 to reach the round of 16 for the third straight year; and No. 24 Sorana Cirstea beat 11th-ranked Daria Kasatkina 7-5, 6-2.
In 's play, last year's Miami Open runner-up and third-ranked Jannik Sinner rallied after dropping the first set to outlast No. 26 Tallon Griekspoor 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 and advance to the fourth round.
A light rain shower briefly stopped match play with Griekspoor leading 7-5, 3-3, but Sinner took control of the match after the delay.

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