MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Frustrated Coco Gauff cried after losing 7-5, 6-3 to Jelena Ostapenko at the Australian Open on January 22. In the answer to the Latvian game.
Gauff enjoyed a great 2022 and entered the tournament, reaching the French Open final, but it was former Roland Garros champion Ostapenko who dominated the contest, setting up a quarterfinal meeting with Wimbledon champion Jelena Ryvakina. Did.
“I feel like I’m a good player, so I think I have some control over all the losses,” Gauff, the seventh seed, told reporters. “But today she played better.”
“There were moments during the game when I was frustrated because normally I can solve the problem, but today I feel like I didn’t get much of an answer for what she was doing.
“There were balls that I hit deep and she was hitting them on the line and hitting them back deep over and over again. It wasn’t my way and it was hers one day. am.”
When asked to explain her frustration, Gauff began to tear up.
“I think it’s because I practiced so hard,” Gauff said. “I still feel like I have improved a lot.
“But when you play with a player like her and she plays really well, it’s like there’s nothing you can do.
“So that part is a little frustrating.”
Gauff is teaming up with fellow American Jessica Pegula in the women’s doubles at Melbourne Park, and she said playing in the format will help her get over the disappointment of the loss.
“I think doubles taught me how to play after a loss, how to play with frustration,” Gauff added.
“So I think it will help me in the future. It’s hard to bounce back from losing at a Grand Slam, but I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Hopefully I can help her and she’s the (singles) tournament I’ve played in. now.
“I hope she wins. I knew that if we both kept winning, we would probably face each other. I’ve been rooting for her all along.”
Reported by Shrivathsa Sridhar, Melbourne.Editing by Peter Rutherford
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