Coco Gauff's unprecedented run in the Australian Open comes to an end on Sunday, courtesy of another American player. The 15-year-old Gauff lost to 21-year-old Sofia Kenin who reached her first major quarterfinal with the victory. "I just needed to calm down, relax, try my best and fight," the 14th-seeded Kenin said. "I'm just so speechless."
In her previous match, the 67th-ranked Gauff beat Naomi Osaka to become the youngest player in the professional era to defeat the reigning women's champion at the Australian Open. But Gauff did not play as well this time, winding up with 48 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Kenin's 22.
After dropping the opening set, Kenin immediately tilted things her way, breaking in the initial game of the second and never letting that lead slip away. When it ended, appropriately enough, on a missed backhand by her opponent, Kenin dropped her racket at the baseline and covered her face as tears welled in her eyes. "She's such a tough player. Had a tremendous 2019," Kenin said, referring to Gauff with words that also apply to Sunday's winner. "All respect to her."
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