"I'm just proud of her and the world has received Coco in such a positive way", Gauff's aunt, Joi Grant, told Local 10 News at a watch party held at Gauff's father's restaurant.
I personally was nothing like her at 15.
She brought up match-point on her serve and a fierce contest was brought to a halt when Barty sent a backhand wide, leaving Riske to relax and enjoy the moment.
"I think it's a good thing, a positive thing, for tennis because the juniors can see that everything is possible". I felt the energy on court today and I am happy I could play my best tennis.
It took someone of Halep's pedigree - a former world No. 1 and grand slam victor - to finally subdue the precocious Gauff 6-3 6-3 on the same court where her transformative fortnight at Wimbledon began by defeating one of her idols, Venus Williams.
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Gauff, 15, exits the tournament along No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who lost to American Alison Riske, on a "Manic Monday" that lived up to its name. I really did feel like I was probably playing in NY.
Gauff's comeback spirit has been witnessed throughout the tournament and she got back on level pegging at 2-2, after the doctor and trainer paid a visit. "Because just look around", Gauff's grandmother, Yvonne Odom, said. "I had to take it to Ash". First of all, I didn't play like that. Winning my first match here. The No. 2 ranked Nadal did not face a break point and won 78 percent of service points.
The teenager had headphones in as she walked onto the court, trying to maintain her focus ahead of the biggest match of her young career.
But Riske took her chances when she got them, breaking Barty four times on four attempts, including to take a 5-3 lead in the deciding set before serving it out.
Of all the players to go out on Monday, Barty's is undoubtedly the biggest boon for Williams. On the bottom half, it'll be No. 8 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine against Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic, and Halep against Zhang Shuai of China.
They exchanged points to start the first set, 2-2, before Romania's Halep pulled away. She then knocked off 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round to set up her thriller against Hercog. Martic called for medical treatment on her left leg after the first game of the second set and her movement appeared to be hampered the rest of the way. Zhang defeated Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 on Monday. She is due to earn at least $1 million from this trio of endorsements in 2019, according to Forbes.