‘WILL TO WIN’: The US’ Coco Gauff battled back from a set down to defeat Sorana Cirstea and set up a match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the defending champion
Date: Jan 23, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA and AFP, MELBOURNE
Taiwan’s Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching yesterday reached the second round of the AustralianOpen women’s doubles after two consecutive first-round defeats in tournaments this year.
The Chan sisters defeated Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia and Miyu Kato of Japan 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 in 1 hour, 40 minutes to advance to the next round.
The win was particularly uplifting for the sisters, who have had a disappointing start to the new season with first-round defeats at the Brisbane International and Hobart International earlier this month.
The crucial moment in the match came in the first-set tiebreak, which the Chan sisters won 7-3, before running away with the second set 6-3.
In the women’s singles, 15-year-old prodigy Coco Gauff set up a blockbuster with defending champion Naomi Osaka, as a pumped-up Serena Williams took another step toward a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title. [FULL STORY]