Fans are curious to know what happened to Coco Gauff at the Cincinnati Masters after the young tennis star walked off the court in tears after retiring.
Who is Coco Gauff?
Cori “Coco” Gauff is an American tennis player. Born on March 13, 2004. She has career-best rankings of 11th in the world in singles on 11 July 2022 and her 1st in doubles on 15 August 2022.
She won her first WTA Tour singles title at the age of 15 at the 2019 Linz Open, becoming the youngest singles title holder since 2004.
Coco Gauff has had a tumultuous week during America’s hard-court season. Teenager recently achieved world No. 1 ranking in doubles. At 18, Gauff is the second-youngest player ever to reach number one in the doubles rankings.
Earlier this year, Gauff reached her first Grand Slam singles final at the French Open, losing in straight sets to Iga Świątek . She also reached the final in doubles with Jessica Pegula, but lost to Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.
At last week’s Canadian Open, Gauff and Pegula beat Nicole Melisher and Ellen Perez in the final. It was their second WTA 1000 title.
Gauff had her best performance at the Cincinnati Masters (also known as the Western & Southern Open) this week, ranking her as the 12th-best singles player in the world.
Gauff was the youngest player in the Western & Southern Open Field. However, she had to retire in the first round on Tuesday. Fans eagerly wanted to know what happened.
What happened to her at Cincinnati Masters?
Gauff, who was leading 5-3, 30-15 over Marie Buzkova, twisted her ankle during the match. Gauff then asked her coach to look at her lower leg injury. She tried to carry on, but she lost her first set 7-5.
Gauff was eliminated in the second set after the first game. She looked visibly distraught on her sidelines and was in tears when she was forced to withdraw.
There are legitimate concerns about Gauff’s fitness heading into the final major of the year. The US Open plans to open in New York at the end of August. In his coverage of the Cincinnati Tournament on Amazon Prime, Greg Rusetzky said, “She played great tennis and finished number one in doubles, so let’s hope her ankle isn’t too serious. You expected her to make it through this match and hopefully she will do well at the US Open.”
Gauff remains in the doubles draw in Cincinnati with partner Jessica Pegula. However, it remains to be seen how bad her ankle injury is and whether she will be able to continue playing doubles.
Bouzkova now has 14 wins from her last 16 matches and reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon earlier this year.
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