Coco Gauff wins first match back on court after Wimbledon breakthrough as 15-year-old beats Maegan Manasse in qualification for the Citi Open
- American Coco Gauff made a stunning breakthrough at Wimbledon last month
- And she won on her return to court, beating Maegan Manasse in straight sets
- She must beat Hiroko Kuwata on Sunday to qualify for the main draw
Coco Gauff has moved on in qualifying for the Citi Open.
Gauff beat Maegan Manasse 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the qualification tournament Saturday. She must beat Hiroko Kuwata of Japan on Sunday to qualify for the main draw of the tournament.
Kuwata, ranked 265th in the world, rallied to beat American Maria Sanchez 4-6, 7-5, 6-0.
The 15-year-old American sensation Coco Gauff has moved on in qualifying for the Citi Open
Gauff beat Maegan Manasse 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the qualification tournament
The 15-year-old American was the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon earlier this summer.
She beat Venus Williams on the way to reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep.
Gauff ranked 313th in the world before Wimbledon and is now 143rd and the top seed in Citi Open qualifying.
Maegan Manasse returns a shot to Gauff as she lost in straight sets against the youngster
She must beat Hiroko Kuwata of Japan on Sunday to qualify for the main draw of the Citi Open
‘I just think it’s crazy how literally four weeks ago not a lot of people knew my name, and now a lot of people do,’ Gauff said.
‘I would love to come home with a trophy,’ Gauff’s father Corey added. ‘But (the fans) just wanted to express the support, and we were really appreciative.
‘Everyone was really nice. I guess she’s kind of the local celebrity right now.’