Coco Gauff to play her first WTA final!

TagUrIt

Professional
I have to say I’m excited to see what the young promising star will do at her first final. Her road to the final wasn’t an easy one either.

L. Samsonova 6-7, 6-2, 6-2

Edited: Lost to T. Korpatsch 6-2, 6-2 (lucky loser)

S. Vögele 6-3, 7-6

K. Kozlova 4-6, 6-4, 2-0 ret

K. Bertens 7-6, 6-4

A. Petkovic 6-4, 6-4

She has a ton of potential, I hope she can keep a level head and stay healthy.
 
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Meles

Bionic Poster
I have to say I’m excited to see what the young promising star will do at her first final. Her road to the final wasn’t an easy one either.

L. Samsonova 6-7, 6-2, 6-2

T. Korpatsch 6-2, 6-2

S. Vögele 6-3, 7-6

K. Kozlova 4-6, 6-4, 2-0 ret

K. Bertens 7-6, 6-4

A. Petkovic 6-4, 6-4

She has a ton of potential, I hope she can keep a level head and stay healthy.
Tournament and time of final please!
 
I have to say I’m excited to see what the young promising star will do at her first final. Her road to the final wasn’t an easy one either.

L. Samsonova 6-7, 6-2, 6-2

T. Korpatsch 6-2, 6-2

S. Vögele 6-3, 7-6

K. Kozlova 4-6, 6-4, 2-0 ret

K. Bertens 7-6, 6-4

A. Petkovic 6-4, 6-4

She has a ton of potential, I hope she can keep a level head and stay healthy.
She lost to Korpatsch 6/4, 6/2 in the 2nd round of qualifying, got into the draw as a lucky loser when Sakkhari withdrew.

She will be ranked around 70 come Monday. Was ranked 313 at the beginning of Wimbledon, quite a jump in ranking based on only 3 events(W, USO, Linz)

Oddsmakers have the final vs Ostapenko basically even money.

She is the youngest player to make a tour final since vaidisova in 2004. Youngest American since Capriati.
 
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James P

Hall of Fame
4 events (Citi Open), but agreed. It's crazy to think she could theoretically end up top-50 in the world with a W tomorrow and then again next week in Luxembourg.
 

TagUrIt

Professional
Looking pretty good so far. Lot of tennis left though Does she get that bright yellow Porsche if she wins? She’s only 15 and can’t drive yet. I’m sure if she does win, her dad would enjoy it.
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
First set 6-3 to Gauff. I'm going to hold my horses because Ostapenko lost the first 6-1 vs Alexandrova and still managed to get the W.
 

TagUrIt

Professional
Watching the match Coco definitely ramped up her serves. We’ll see how the second set goes. Yeah Ostapenko can be a slow starter.
 

FakeEmpire

Professional
I was already typing a comment about how little Ostapenko has improved since her maiden major, but she mauled Gauff with some nice aggression.

The problems are still there, though. Maybe Bartoli can help, but she has a long and winding road ahead (mainly regarding that serve).

Meanwhile, I'm still impressed with Coco's hands, serve and defense, especially when looking at her age.
 
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FakeEmpire

Professional
Hmm, I've to see a replay of the point that gave Gauff the break to check whether that point should have been replayed or not. Ostapenko was fuming about it and unravelled pretty quickly after that (another proof of the long way ahead).
 
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D-Lite

Semi-Pro
I was already tipping a comment about how little Ostapenko has improved since her maiden major, but she mauled Gauff with some nice aggression.

The problems are still there, though. Maybe Bartoli can help, but she has a long and winding road ahead (mainly regarding that serve).

Meanwhile, I'm still impressed with Coco's hands, serve and defense, especially when looking at her age.
Well Bartoli is somewhat eccentric in many senses, so I don't know exactly what she has planned for Ostapenko's game, whether it's a structural overhaul of say her serve or if it's more about mentality. Frankly the current scoreline is one you come to expect from her. It's almost like she needs to play from behind sometimes to just relax, and now you see once the match is evened out she is not playing so freely. Not personally watching the match right now, just got the scores up but I'll catch some highlights later.
Gauff now 5-0 up in the final set - I will be really pleased with this result if she wins and hope she isn't too tired to continue on to Luxembourg this upcoming week.
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
Here we go... 5-0 about to become 5-2. I knew Ostapenko would be hard to put away. Come on Coco, get over the finish line!
 

iri10

Rookie
Not too many U16s winning tournaments in the 21st century - very impressive. Coco has an uncommon set of strengths for a youngster, with ahead-of-her-years variety and composure. Also some weaknesses that aren't necessarily common on US players in her forehand which isn't much of a weapon. Forehand is normally a pretty strong shot for the 'muricans.

Give her game some more seasoning, and let her grow into her body a bit more, and you might have quite the tennis player indeed.

Ostapenko is so mercurial, LOL. You can't let a lousy call derail your entire match and expect to be consistent.
 

TagUrIt

Professional
Ostapenko is so mercurial, LOL. You can't let a lousy call derail your entire match and expect to be consistent.

Agreed, she’s been in to many finals to let one call break her concentration like that. Along with some outstanding play from Coco, I feel that was a pivotal moment in the match.
 
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CJ Tennis

Rookie
Not too many U16s winning tournaments in the 21st century - very impressive. Coco has an uncommon set of strengths for a youngster, with ahead-of-her-years variety and composure. Also some weaknesses that aren't necessarily common on US players in her forehand which isn't much of a weapon. Forehand is normally a pretty strong shot for the 'muricans.

Give her game some more seasoning, and let her grow into her body a bit more, and you might have quite the tennis player indeed.

Ostapenko is so mercurial, LOL. You can't let a lousy call derail your entire match and expect to be consistent.
Congrats to Gauff. We first saw her training at 8 years old in Boca Raton and have watched her play a bunch through the years. She grew fast and by around 12.5-13 looked pretty much the same as she does now, both physically and her game. She just owned almost all the other junior girls.

The next step is if she can season and improve, or is she an early ceiling athlete. You just never know. The forehand grip is limiting, she had that extreme grip at 8 and still has it now.

It will be interesting to watch her career. Neither extreme would shock me, from further development into a dominant player to stagnation, and just a solid career with no majors won.
 
Congrats to Gauff. We first saw her training at 8 years old in Boca Raton and have watched her play a bunch through the years. She grew fast and by around 12.5-13 looked pretty much the same as she does now, both physically and her game. She just owned almost all the other junior girls.

The next step is if she can season and improve, or is she an early ceiling athlete. You just never know. The forehand grip is limiting, she had that extreme grip at 8 and still has it now.

It will be interesting to watch her career. Neither extreme would shock me, from further development into a dominant player to stagnation, and just a solid career with no majors won.
Well, I definitely thought the last 15 year old to win a title would end up winning multiple majors(Vaidisova). But unfortunately she met Stepanek:)
 

FakeEmpire

Professional
Well Bartoli is somewhat eccentric in many senses, so I don't know exactly what she has planned for Ostapenko's game, whether it's a structural overhaul of say her serve or if it's more about mentality. Frankly the current scoreline is one you come to expect from her. It's almost like she needs to play from behind sometimes to just relax, and now you see once the match is evened out she is not playing so freely. Not personally watching the match right now, just got the scores up but I'll catch some highlights later.
Gauff now 5-0 up in the final set - I will be really pleased with this result if she wins and hope she isn't too tired to continue on to Luxembourg this upcoming week.
I think Bartoli has to work on both fronts. Mentally, that fearlessness we all loved during the FO is gone. Like you said, she plays better when she's behind, but now when she's behind and rattled by something, she isn't fearless, she's just careless and listless.
Technically speaking, she has a bunch of glaring shortcomings: her serve (Bartoli has already admitted she just pushes the ball while serving instead of imprinting power on it and changing placements and spins), her inability of playing with some margins and her absolute lack of a plan B (for a fairly regular doubles player, she should have a more efficient net play - even though her serve doesn't help).
 

insideguy

Legend
Hey where did all the Trolls go who claimed she was over hyped and all that jazz for the last 6 months. bla bla. Silence. I punch all of you through the internets. No one wants to say nothing anymore as I argued with you on this site for the last 6 months to wait and see. Bunch of dopes.
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Hey where did all the Trolls go who claimed she was over hyped and all that jazz for the last 6 months. bla bla. Silence. I punch all of you through the internets. No one wants to say nothing anymore as I argued with you on this site for the last 6 months to wait and see. Bunch of dopes.
Great win etc, but remember she wouldn't be able to do that if not for Sakkari. Initially she even didn't qualify for the main draw.
 
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