Distraught Coco Gauff is forced to pull OUT of the Cincinnati Masters after tumbling to the court and injuring her left ankle… with the US Open less than two weeks away!
- Coco Gauff looked devastated as her Cincinnati Masters was cut short by injury
- The US star fell to the ground during the opening set of her first-round match
- Gauff tried to continue but was forced to retire at start of second set Tuesday
Coco Gauff looked devastated as her Cincinnati Masters journey was brought to an abrupt end by injury.
The world No. 12 suffered a nasty fall during the opening set against the Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova in the first-round match.
Gauff sustained a left ankle injury and eventually had to retire and withdraw from the tournament.
Coco Gauff looked devastated as her Cincinnati Masters journey was cut short by injury
The world No. 12 suffered a nasty fall during the opening set of first-round match Tuesday
Gauff tumbled to court while hitting a backhand against the Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova
The 11th-seeded Gauff was leading 5-3 in the first set when she tumbled to the court and injured her lower leg at the Cincinnati-area tournament. She lost the next three games before being examined by a trainer.
Bouzkova then finished off the set and won the opening game of the second set before Gauff called it a day. She looked visibly distraught on the court sideline.
Fears will be increasing with the US Open less than two weeks away.
The 18-year-old has lost in the quarterfinals in each of her previous two events after reaching the French Open final in the spring before losing to Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the top-ranked player in the world.
Gauff is playing doubles with Jessica Pegula in the tournament and there was no immediate word on whether she will continue.
Bouzkova faces Alison Riske-Amritraj in the second round.
Gauff received treatment on her left ankle and tried to carry on but eventually had to retire
Meanwhile, Japan’s Naomi Osaka also went down in the first round as China’s Zhang Shuai outplayed her and won 6-4, 7-5 in just 75 minutes.
Osaka held a 10-4 edge in aces but won just 37.1 percent of her second-serve points in the disappointing setback. Osaka committed 29 unforced errors and had 21 winners.
Zhang, who has four aces, will face Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova in the second round.
Romania’s Sorana Cirstea also registered an upset, beating 12th-seeded Swiss Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4. Cirstea had eight aces and saved five of seven break points during a match that took two hours and 38 minutes.
Bouzkova won the first set and won opening game of second set before Gauff called it a day
Czech Karolina Pliskova, seeded 14th, recorded a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Venus Williams. Pliskova had an 8-2 edge in aces.
‘I think I finally got it to a better level,’ Pliskova said. ‘Hard court is my favorite. I always do well in America, so hoping for more matches here.’
Pliskova will next face Belgium’s Elise Mertens, who notched a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina.
Also, Shelby Rogers hammered out nine aces while thrashing fellow American Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-2 in just 66 minutes.
In other matches, Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya beat Italy’s Martina Trevisan 7-6 (2), 7-5, and Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk outlasted Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.