The 15-year-old player lost 4-6, 2-6 in the first round against Zarina Diyas, on July 30.
After two qualifying victories, Coco Gauff won the main round and faced Zarina Diyas – the world No. 84 player, 62 points higher than Gauff.
2019 City Open is also the first tournament to mark the return of a 15-year-old American prodigy after going into history as the youngest player to make it to the fourth round of Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1990. However, Gauff did not retain his form during the meeting with Diyas.
In the early game, Diyas faced break-points and only saved the first point, before letting the boys win the game to save the ball. However, Gauff could not keep the advantage, even if he could break one more game. Having lost the hinge game at the 4-4 draw, the American player tried to resolve to three chances to face the set-point but failed to succeed the next time and had to accept losing the first set.
The pressure continued to weigh on Gauff’s shoulders in the second set. At the first game, she had to save four break-points. Diyas appeared to dominate at decisive moments thanks to experience and won two games at the end of the match, before closing the match at the third match-point opportunity.
During the match, Gauff suffered seven double errors, one of which led to a 16-point break, in which she was 11 times unsolved. Diyas only had eight faulty mistakes and scored 16 winner points.
According to the Kazakh player, the defeat after the previous duel has helped her find a strategy to deal with the juniors’ strong serve. Diyas and Zhu Lin had previously lost 3-6, 2-6 before the American couple, Coco Gauff and Caty McNally.
Stopping in the women’s singles, Gauff still had a chance to be in Washington in the women’s quarter-finals, meeting Shu-Ying Hsieh and Xiaodi You couple at 4:30 am on August 1.