Welp. The most interesting part of this match was Gauff's skirt (it's so Venus lol). She was moving so well and serving excellently though, such a confident performance. Sets up a star-studded match against Osaka next, which is good for the WTA.
I was hoping for more of a battle here - Kalinina has lost so much form since the start of the year. She's beaten Sakkari, Keys x2, Raducanu, Muguruza, Stephens, Rybakina, Cornet, taken a set off of Iga during her streak... I hope the injury she had a few weeks ago hasn't completely derailed her. Looked very underpowered today.
Great to see Coco with a good start to set up the battle with Naomi in the next round! Even though her year has not been too flashy (bar FO) she has consistently improved in my eyes. Hopefully she can show this during the US Open Series!
That was a stupid level from Gauff. I am very interested to see what we get from her tomorrow. It’s really hard for a young player like her after that type of performance to face someone as good as Naomi and not think in the back of your mind I shot my wad and I’m probably not going to be able to play this well again today. If she keeps it competitive and loses I still think it’s an improvement over their meeting in I think Cincinnati last year