MELBOURNE, Australia — Coco Gauff versus Emma Raducanu It sounded almost like a match of tennis for the new age. This is the Australian There was agreement on open organizers and Given the Kids top billing at 7 PM in Rod Laver Arena the Evening session on Wednesday

“I’m glad we got the prime spot,” Gauff said. “I hope we delivered.”

They had their moments after an erratic start. It was also a long, close-to-personal meeting.theBaseline rallies Raducanu Her body is hers to shoot and Gauff Use her speed and You can expect to be excited about chasing down the balls others have missed.

The punch was against the counterpunch. It was high-velocity entertainment. Raducanu’s fluidity and Full-cut returns over Gauff’s more explosive movement and Powerful service

It is that Gauff The victory was 6-3-7-6 (4). This is no surprise considering she saved two set points. the Second set. For now she is the Get more done and consistent player. She is the One in the Top 10. the One with multiple titles of tour in singles and doubles, the One who competes regularly the circuit since 2019.

Yet Raducanu, despite being ranked just No. 77 at the instant, is already what Gauff Is chasing: A Grand Slam title. You can find us at the 2021 U.S. Open, Raducanu became the The first qualifier singles to win the major, in what was more like an epic fairy tale than a sporting tournament.

In New York she did not lose any set and became a worldwide star at Age 18 GauffVenus Williams beat by? at Age 15 on the way to becoming the The fourth round at Wimbledon 2019, you can relate. but Only to a certain degree.

“I feel like she experienced it on a much bigger level than I did,” Gauff Aspired to be a public figure. “But coming on tour young, it’s a different life from juniors, playing in small events, to all of a sudden people knowing your name, people expecting you to win all the time.”

It was quickly apparent Raducanu Could not win it all the She had managed to get into the time. the Zone very early and For a long time, she might have trouble finding her way back. at all. Yet to win another title on tour or make it past this stage. the In another major, second round and She’s cycled for coaches and Nagging injuries such as the She had a severe ankle injury less than 2 weeks prior the Start with the Australian Open.

“We just did absolutely everything we can,” Raducanu said. “We had pretty much, like, 10 days before the tournament, and Day 1, I was on crutches and doing pool rehab. To get onto the court from there has been a massive effort.”

Meanwhile, Gauff By winning, she opened her season at Auckland in New Zealand. the Titel and We arrived in Melbourne full of momentum.

In her place will be Bernarda Pera from America. the Third round Friday and Jessica Pegula is also playing doubles, and has advanced to the finals. the Third round of singles played on Wednesday, with Aliaksandra Snovich from Belarus winning in straight sets.

She still failed to win her first Grand Slam singles title. at the French Open, lost to No. 1 Iga Swiatek, Gauff Finished the Season in a slump: Hitting the Wall after her first year of touring and All three matches she lost were hers. at the WTA Finals Fort Worth and losing again after crossing the For Atlantic to Glasgow the Billie Jean King Cup Finals team event.

Her forehand was her weaker stroke and kept failing under severe pressure. and She was again focused on keeping it in good shape. and During the event, her team the off-season.

It can be improved and Her belief in her ability to achieve her Grand Slam goal will be key. and For a large part, it was able to withstand the elements. the Match Wednesday to be even shakier the stretch in the Zweiteres Set Raducanu This was the main focus of my efforts.

“I’m just happy that, I guess through the work that I did in the preseason, that it’s working out,” Sie said. “I know it’s one of the things that I needed to work on. I feel like it’s improving every match, every week.”

Both wings were well protected Wednesday night. She extended rallies. and Finally, forcing Raducanu Do not go too far.

“It’s difficult,” Raducanu said. “She is a great mover, great athlete — puts another ball in play, so you feel like you have to squeeze it closer to the line and then she kind of teases errors out of you that way.”

If Gauff Serve at Inch 4-5 the Second set Raducanu Commanded both the set points, dictating the Patterns and Terms of Engagement were not honored when the time came to seal the deal.

The backhand of her shot at a drop was on the The second set point, if it had reached the other end of the line, would have been clearly a win. the net, but It was a smashing success the Tape and fell back on Raducanu’s side of the court. In the Tiesbreaker: she also lost three key points more when she was the One setting the tempo.

“I think 13 days ago if you would have told us, ‘Hey, you’re going to be in the draw and win a round,’ it would have been a massive effort for sure,” Raducanu said. “Saying that, I still think I didn’t necessarily play my best today. Although in the second set I had chances and we were pushing it, I still felt like I could have done better. But props to her.”

Raducanu and Gauff Had never practiced together. but It was Wednesday night, the A handshake was replaced by a friendly hug at the net. Their base is an ocean away: Raducanu The United Kingdom Gauff Florida They are bright, however. and Personable and a growing number of sponsors and commitments.

“I think that we’re going to be playing each other many times in the future as we’re both young and coming,” Raducanu said. “We’re going to be the next generation.”

Each would be open to more matches against the other. The men’s game has been awash in transcendent rivalries for decades: from Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal and John McEnroe and Novak Djokovic. But the women’s game has often lacked that sort of anchor, and Ashleigh Barty’s sudden retirement last March at Age 25 and While ranked No. It will be more difficult to grow if you are ranked No.

GauffShe is an 18-year-old woman who has a lot to offer and is focused on the Long view, after suffering too much from placing too much emphasis. the Short term.

“For me, last year was my first full year on tour. I think last year was her first year as well,” She said that she was proud Raducanu. “I think it’s something people need to remember and be reminded of.”

She would love to have people support her. at 18 and Raducanu at Twenty more times and You have plenty of space to ride the Learning curve and She acknowledged the need to experience more joy. the process.

“I feel like I’ve been on the opposite spectrum where I forget my age,” Sie said. “I almost put too much pressure on myself, wanting things now, now, now. I think I’ve taken a step back. I felt like I didn’t ever want to use my age as an excuse for losing or why I’m not accomplishing things. But I think it was putting too much pressure on myself.”