Jelena Ostapenko topples Coco Gauff to reach the last eight in Melbourne

Jelena Ostapenko was unbelievably too good against Coco Gauff

AUSTRALIAN OPEN Jelena Ostapenko topples Coco Gauff to reach the last eight in Melbourne

Funmilayo Fameso 12:37 - 22.01.2023
Jelena Ostapenko in form of her life since Wimbledon 2018, took out Coco Gauff in exceptional fashion to reach the quarterfinals.

Jelena Ostapenko is back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon 2018, outclassing No. 7 seed Coco Gauff 7-5 6-3 in Melbourne.

The 2017 Roland Garros Champion played some incredible aggressive tennis, which Gauff didn't have answers to.

Ostapenko came out all guns firing on all sides during the match, converting all her three break points across two sets. Notably, Ostapenko was hitting her forehand winners with some pace and also mixed it up well to take the teenager by surprise.

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The Latvian clocked 30 winners and saved seven of the eight break points she faced while going a perfect 3-for-3 on her chances against Gauff's serve.

The win is Ostapenko's first over a Top 10 player at a Grand Slam in three years, and it'll be her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance since 2018.

"My life changed a lot [after winning Roland Garros], so I needed a few years to really get used to what happened because I was really young. I was 19 and then turned 20," Ostapenko said.

"I always knew and believed in my game. If I play well, I can beat almost anyone. I was trying to work more on my consistency, especially in the preseason. Yeah, just to step on the court and play my game.

"I think I'm doing it quite well this week."

Gauff broke into tears in her post-match press conference.

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"You know when you play a player like her and she plays really well, it's like there's nothing you can do. And I feel like today...I won't say nothing because every match you play a path in, but I feel like it was rough. So it was a little bit frustrating on that part.

Ostapenko will now face Elina Rybakina in the quarterfinal, which will be an epic encounter between both players.

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