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Coco Gauff beats former No. 1 Naomi Osaka in straight sets

SAN JOSE – Coco Gauff beat four-time major champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.

Gauff, the No. 6 seed, held all of her serves in the opening set and finished the 45-minute session with three aces. Osaka had the first double fault of the match early in the second set and Gauff took advantage to make it 2-1. Gauff quickly built a double break lead at 5-1 and led 40-0 before Osaka saved four match points and used her first ace to make it 5-2.

Osaka then broke Gauff for the first time in the match and overcame another 40-0 deficit with five straight points at 5-4. But Gauff closed it on his eighth match point with an unrepeatable serve.

“The proudest thing was how I responded mentally,” Gauff said. “I could have easily retired on that couple of double faults and missed match points. But I kept telling myself ‘Another point, another chance’ and then the music helped on the bench. I was trying to sing the song to get me out of the match.”

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Gauff’s win tied the series with Osaka at two wins apiece.

“I lost the match today, but I feel very confident about who I am,” Osaka said. “I feel like the pressure doesn’t beat me. I’m the pressure. I’m very happy with that.”

Gauff will face second seed Paula Badosa on Friday. Other winners in San Jose were No. 4 seed Shelby Rogers and Aryna Sabalenka.

Rogers beat top seed Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals for the third time this season. After a first-round victory against 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, she beat Sakkari, a 2018 finalist and 2019 semi-finalist in San Jose, for the third time in a row.

Sabalenka came back from behind 5-3 in the third set to overcome Caroline Dolehide 5-7, 6-1, 7-5. Sabalenka overcame 20 double faults in the match to advance to play No. 7 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia.

Friday’s schedule in the hardcourt US Open tune-up includes Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur, who will face Veronika Kudermetova.

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