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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Gough defeated Montgomery in a rain-delayed match

SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) – Sixth seed Coco Gauff responded with a motivated effort to beat 294-ranked Robin Montgomery 6-3, 6-3 in the resumption of postponed play on Wednesday. Last night at the San Diego Open.

Gough, who reached her first major final at the French Open earlier this year, said she did her best to overcome the rain delay that extended the match by two days. Instead, he sought to focus on the matchup against the 18-year-old compatriot.

“You just have to let yourself go. You can’t control the weather,” said Gough, who saved four out of five break points to advance to the next round of this WTA 500 tournament. “It’s definitely your routine. But at the same time I went to the match today as if the score was 0-0. I think it’s the best way to get closer, because it’s a new day and a new opportunity.”

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Gough said the match has more meaning after the retirement of Serena Williams and that her sister Venus is also likely to retire from tennis.

“If Serena and Venus saw this today, two 18-year-olds, both African American, playing at WTA 500 level, I think they would be proud,” Gauff said. “We are both products of his legacy. I am grateful for those examples to follow. I wish maybe I could be an example too.”

Gauff will face 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu of Canada in the second round, her first meeting.

Montgomery was unable to add another surprise to her list, which includes defeating 25th-ranked Shuai Zhang and 42nd-ranked Bernarda Pera in the qualifying rounds.

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Croatian Donna Vekic, who came from qualifying, defeated former top seed Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals. It represented the second high-profile upset for Vekic, who defeated fifth seed Maria Sakkari of Greece in the first round.

“It was just a matter of believing in myself, and I could beat him, because I had lost to him six times in a row, three of them last year. The last one was really painful,” said 77th-ranked Vekic in 2021. Said about the second round defeat in Montreal. “He’s a really tough opponent for me, but I really went for my shots and it paid off.”

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