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Sport Teen tennis star Gauff to play in Auckland

23:20  23 november  2019
23:20  23 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Becker sees tennis 'big three' gap closing

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American tennis prodigy Cori "Coco" Gauff , 15, just became the youngest player in the Open era to advance through qualifying to reach Wimbledon's main draw where she will play compatriot Venus Williams.

14 (UPI) -- American teen tennis star Cori "Coco" Goff was given a wild card entry to play at the 2019 U.S. Open after recent success at Gauff was the youngest player to ever qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon. She jumped 172 spots in the rankings after her performance at the prestigious Grand Slam.

Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff will begin preparations for her maiden Australian Open appearance by playing at Auckland's ASB Classic. © Getty Images Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff will begin preparations for her maiden Australian Open appearance by playing at Auckland's ASB Classic. Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff will begin preparations for her maiden Australian Open appearance by playing at Auckland's ASB Classic.

Kiwi organisers confirmed 15-year-old American Gauff will join a strong field for the season-opening WTA tournament starting on January 6, two weeks before the Melbourne grand slam.

Gauff will be one of the big drawcards in Kooyong following her breakthrough 2019, when she stormed into the fourth round of Wimbledon, having become the youngest player to reach the main draw. She also reached the US Open third round.

A tournament victory in Austria last month made Atlanta native Gauff the youngest WTA title-holder in 15 years and boosted her world ranking, which is 68th.

A high-profile Auckland field will also include American great Serena Williams and her conqueror in the recent US Open final, world No.5 Canadian Bianca Andreescu.

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