Coco Gauff will get a chance to try for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida received a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open’s main draw.
It will be Gauff’s second Grand Slam tournament. She made an impressive run to Round 4 at Wimbledon last month after getting a wild card into the qualifying rounds there.
Ranked 313th at the time, Gauff became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon, upset five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, and lost at the All England Club to eventual title winner Simona Halep.
Gauff is now No. 140 in the WTA rankings. She made a mark at age 13 by becoming the youngest U.S. Open junior finalist in history; she won the French Open junior title at 14.
Serena withdraws: Serena Williams withdrew shortly before her first-round match at the Western & Southern Open near Cincinnati was set to begin Tuesday evening, citing the back problems that had forced her to abandon the Rogers Cup final in Toronto on Sunday after just four games.
“I came to Mason (Ohio) on Sunday and have tried everything to be ready to play tonight, and was still hopeful after my practice this morning,” Williams said in a statement. “But unfortunately my back is still not right, and I know I should not take to the court.”
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Djokovic and Federer: Top-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round with a 7-5, 6-1 win over wild-card Sam Querrey in the Western & Southern.
Djokovic felt rusty in his first match since his epic Wimbledon final triumph over Roger Federer on July 14. “It was kind of a nervous start,” he said. “I hadn’t played in weeks. It took time to adjust. It was a tricky match against a quality opponent. He’s a big hitter. I was happy to be tested.”
Federer, the third seed who was playing for the first time since Wimbledon, needed 61 minutes — not including a rain delay — to defeat Juan Ignacio Londerom 6-3, 6-4.
Venus ousts Bertens: Venus Williams reached the third round of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) upset of defending champion Kiki Bertens.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion is the oldest woman in the draw at 39. She has made her deepest Cincinnati run since reaching the 2012 semifinals.
Bertens, seeded fifth, rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 5-2 in the third set to force a tiebreaker. The 2-hour, 17-minute match ended when she sailed a forehand wide.
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