2020 US Open Day 1: Coco Gauff drops opening match to Anastasija Sevastova

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Coco Gauff was in action on the first day of the US Open. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The 2020 US Open returned to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday though no fans were in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a round up of the first day of action.

Gauff falls early to Sevastova

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Coco Gauff, the teenaged breakout star of the 2019 Wimbledon tournament, had an early exit at New York’s Grand Slam. She lost to Anastasija&nbsp;Sevastova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.” data-reactid=”25″>Coco Gauff, the teenaged breakout star of the 2019 Wimbledon tournament, had an early exit at New York’s Grand Slam. She lost to Anastasija Sevastova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Gauff, who turned 16 in March, fought back after dropping the first set, 6-3. After winning the first two games of the second set, she struggled with her serve and fell behind again. She also racked up unforced errors, accruing 11 double faults only a few games into the second set.

Finally, Gauff seemed to get under Sevastova’s skin with her back against the wall. She won the final three games of the second set to extend the match, winning 7-5.

The pair bounced back and forth in the first nine games of the final set like clockwork. With a 5-4 lead, Sevastova pulled up 40-15 and seemed poised to end the match right there. Gauff, however, won the next three straight points to tie it back up.

That rally, though, was simply too late. Sevastova finally pulled ahead to take the final set 6-4 and advance out of the first round — sending Gauff home early.

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