Coco Gauff’s determination to increase her keep Down Under after a second-round loss at the Australian Open is paying off, at least up to now.
The 16-year-old American beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2 on Tuesday in a first-round match at the Adelaide International. It follows Gauff’s two wins in weekend qualifying in the South Australian state capital to advance to the primary draw.
Gauff misplaced to fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina in straight sets at the Australian Open. In 2020 throughout her Australian Open debut, she misplaced to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in three sets in the fourth spherical.
In different Adelaide matches Tuesday, French Open champion and fifth-seeded Iga Swiatek of Poland beat American Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-4, sixth-seeded Petra Martic defeated Ludmila Samsonova 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 and Jil Teichmann beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Top-ranked Ash Barty, who misplaced in the Australian Open quarterfinals, is the Adelaide defending champion. The Australian acquired a wild-card entry and performs American Danielle Collins in a second-round match on Wednesday.