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Coco Gauff wins 2022 debut, sets up match with Ash Barty in Adelaide

/ 06:44 PM January 04, 2022
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Coco Gauff of the US follows through on a backhand return against Paula Badosa of Spain during their third round match at ATP-WTA Indian Wells tennis tournament on October 11, 2021 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Coco Gauff opened her 2022 season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway in just 63 minutes Monday at the Adelaide International 1 in Australia.

The victory set her up for a Round of 16 showdown with world No. 1 and home-crowd favorite Ash Barty.

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Gauff, the 17-year-old American, saved all three break points she faced while going 4-for-4 in breaking Eikeri. Gauff added five aces and won 23 of 29 first-service points (79.3 percent).

Polish No. 5 seed Iga Swiatek took care of Australian Daria Saville 6-3, 6-3, while No. 6 seed Sofia Kenin of the U.S. got by Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti 7-5, 7-5.

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Anastasia Gasanova rallied to upset No. 8 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Shelby Rogers of the U.S. and Misaki Doi of Japan were also winners.

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