Wimbledon, England ( Associated Press) — Sometimes, there’s a straight, easy way to explain a loss.
Even for someone who reached the final of the French Open last month and entered the Wimbledon tournament, the All England Club has a very real chance to go deep on the grass court.
“Today, I feel like I didn’t play that well,” said Coco Gauff, who lost in the third round on center court. “I guess that really had nothing to do with my head. Days like these happen. I just have to practice to make sure I have fewer days like that.”
Those types of days, those types of matches, are already few and far between and an 18-year-old American with a very real potential to win multiple Grand Slam tournaments in the future. On Saturday, however, there wasn’t much going on – she lost to Amanda Anisimova 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1.
11th seed Gauff took a 3–0 lead, but then failed to win any of the next four games. She recovered in time to force a tiebreaker and even reversed a 4-1 deficit to win the first set by taking six straight points.
But at Wimbledon, American 20th seed Anisimova won 12 of the last 15 games to enter the fourth round of her third consecutive Grand Slam tournament.
“Well, losing 7-6 in the first set and then coming back is definitely uncomfortable. It is extremely difficult, ”said Anisimova. “But I was just trying to slow down the pace and really take it one moment at a time. Of course, after the first set I was a bit overly tired. It was kind of slowing down. I could feel that the wind had calmed down too so I was able to play my game a little more.”
Anisimova will face Harmony Tan in the fourth round. The unseeded French woman defeated Serena Williams in the first round to beat Katie Boulter 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday.
The winner will be in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time ever.
Gough has never been so far away at the All England Club. But hopes are high for him after reaching the fourth round in back-to-back tournaments in 2019 and 2021, not to mention this season’s French Open final.
“Tennis, there are going to be days when you will play great. Like my second round match, I think it’s some of the best tennis I’ve played,” Gauff said. “Well, I played good tennis in French, but I think it was the best tennis I’ve played since the French Open.”
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