As one of the most exciting up-and-comers on the women’s tour, 16-year-old Gauff is always one to watch wherever she plays. But there’s a big reason this one could be exciting: the two played each other for the first time just a few days ago at one of the lead-up events, and it was a nail-biter.
Gauff barely squeaked by Teichmann after two hours and 45 grueling minutes in the first round of the Gippsland Trophy, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), in what could have been a much quicker day at the office. The American teenager led 6-3, 4-2 and even built a 4-1 lead in the third before it went to a breaker.
“I thought I played well the whole match, but she definitely stepped it up in the second set,” Gauff said afterwards. We’ll see if the Austrian left-hander can step it up again next week…