Another remarkable debut at a Grand Slam event has come to an end for Coco Gauff.
The 15-year-old followed up her trip to the third round of the 2019 U.S. Open with a fourth-round effort at the Australian Open. But it concluded on Sunday in Melbourne at the hands of fellow American and No. 14 seed Sofia Kenin, who advanced to the quarterfinals of a major for the first time with a 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-0 victory.
Gauff, who vanquished two-time major champion Naomi Osaka in the third round, opened strong with a 4-2 lead en route to taking the opening set.
Kenin cruises after breaking Gauff in 2nd
Kenin broke Gauff in the third game of the second set and controlled the match from there, winning the set 6-3 before sweeping the decisive third set.
She was overcome with emotion at the career milestone.
Soak in the win, @SofiaKenin.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2020
Kenin advances to the quarterfinals to take on Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who defeated No. 27-seed Wang Qiang, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 later in the day. Jabeur’s victory ends Wang’s run after she upset Serena Williams in the third round.
Gauff exits with an impressive run that included wins over Osaka and Venus Williams.
Djokovic advances in straight sets
On the men’s side, No. 2 seed and tournament favorite Novak Djokovic advanced with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman.
He advances to the quarterfinals to face 2016 Wimbledon runner-up and No. 32 seed Milos Raonic, who defeated Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.
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