A pissed off Coco Gauff broke down in tears after her 7-5 6-3 defeat by Jelena Ostapenko on the Australian Open on Sunday, with the 18-year-old American saying she simply couldn’t provide you with the solutions to the Latvian’s sport.
Gauff got here into the event having loved an excellent 2022 the place she reached the French Open closing nevertheless it was former Roland Garros champion Ostapenko who dominated the competition to arrange a quarter-final assembly with Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.
“I believe each loss is considerably in my management as a result of I do really feel like I’m a very good participant, however right this moment she simply performed higher,” Gauff, seeded seventh, informed reporters.
“There have been moments within the match the place I used to be getting pissed off as a result of I usually can downside remedy however right this moment I really feel like I didn’t have a lot solutions to what she was doing.
“There have been balls I used to be hitting deep and she or he was hitting them on the road and hitting them again deep, like, time and again. It’s simply a kind of days that simply didn’t go my approach and went her approach.”
Gauff started to tear up when requested to clarify her frustrations.
“I believe it’s as a result of I labored actually laborious and I felt actually good coming into the event and I nonetheless really feel good,” Gauff mentioned. “I nonetheless really feel like I’ve improved loads.
“However whenever you play a participant like her and she or he performs very well, it’s like there’s nothing you are able to do.
“So it’s a bit bit irritating on that half.”
Gauff is partnering fellow American Jessica Pegula within the girls’s doubles at Melbourne Park and she or he mentioned enjoying within the format helps her recover from the frustration of defeat.