Coco Gauff fights his way into the third round of the US Open after defeating Elena-Gabriela Ruse

Coco Gauff fought her way into the third round of the US Open with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse and next met her compatriot Madison Keys

  • The second highest ranked 12th American plays again on Friday
  • Ruse led 5-3 in the second set but failed to break Gauff, losing 7-4 in the tiebreak
  • Gauff, 18, is also the second-youngest player standing in the US Open women’s draw
  • She is one of the favorites to win the Open after reaching the Roland Garros final

Coco Gauff stormed into the third round of the US Open on Wednesday after beating Elena-Gabriela Ruse in straight sets despite a nervous finish at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

18-year-old Gauff won the first set convincingly 6-2, but had to work hard in the second to get past a challenging Ruse, who narrowly defeated her opponent 7-6 after a tiebreak.

Romania’s Ruse led 5-3 at one point in the final set but failed to break Gauff and eventually lost 7-4 in a tiebreak.

Coco Gauff, 18, defeated Romania's Elena-Gabriela Ruse in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 on Wednesday

Coco Gauff, 18, defeated Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 on Wednesday

Gauff (left) of the USA shakes hands after defeating Elena Gabriela Ruse (right) to win only her second match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday

Gauff (left) of the USA shakes hands after defeating Elena Gabriela Ruse (right) to win only her second match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday

The match lasted an hour and 30 minutes. Gauff had five aces, winning four of five break points and 77 percent of the time on her first serve.

The 18-year-old, who entered the tournament as the second-highest US player due to her current No. 12, will now meet her compatriot Madison Keys in the third round on Friday.

Both follow Jessica Pegula, who is currently ranked No. 8 in the world. The 28-year-old will meet the 28-year-old Belarusian tennis player Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Thursday after her 6-2, 6-2 win in the first round against Viktorija Golubic.

Gauff is also the second youngest standing player in the women’s draw and is considered one of the favorites to win the US Open alongside top seed Iga Swiatek.

Earlier this year, the American reached the final of Roland Garros (the French Open) and belief in the Atlanta-born teenager has never been greater.

“To reach a final, I think people expect you to get over that final hurdle and I expect the same of myself because I know I feel it in me, that I can repeat and repeat it,” said Gauff in an interview following her 6-2, 6-3 first-round win over Leolia Jeanjean.

“I didn’t expect to be so nervous before the final. Now that I know what to expect, I expect to at least do better,” she added.

Prior to her participation in the US Open, Gauff suffered a nasty fall at the Cincinnati Masters against Czech Marie Bouzkova in the first round match.

She sustained a left ankle injury and eventually had to retire before withdrawing from the tournament, prompting fears she would not feature at the US Open.

Meanwhile, No. 20 Keys defeated Camila Giorgi of Italy in three straight runs earlier Wednesday.

The match went straight to the wire as the American edged out the competition 6-4, 5-7, 7-6.

In a similar ending to Gauff’s match, Keys survived a crucial tie break 10-6 to advance to the next round.

Shelby Rogers, at No. 31, and Alison Riske-Amritraj, at No. 29, are the other two Americans through to the next round.

Rogers defeated Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovenia 7-5, 6-1; while Riske-Amritraj had to prevail against the Colombian Camila Osorio 6: 4, 6: 7, 7: 5 (10: 5).

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