U.S. Open tennis: Coco Gauff sets up third-round showdown with Naomi Osaka

Aug. 29 (UPI) — American teenage phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff defeated Hungary’s Timea Babos to set up a third-round match with No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka in the 2019 U.S. Open.

Gauff, 15, beat Babos 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on Thursday at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., to advance to the third round.

No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka reached the third round at the 2019 U.S. Open with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Magda Linette.

Osaka, with NFL free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick and former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant watching on, defeated Linette earlier in the day to set the stage for a highly anticipated showdown with Gauff, who had a magical run at Wimbledon this year.

Osaka, the defending women’s U.S. Open champion, fell behind 3-0 in the second set but reeled of five straight games to seal the victory.

In other women’s action, unseeded American Taylor Townsend, 23, stunned Wimbledon champion and No. 4 seed Simona Halep to move on.

Halep grabbed the opening set before losing two straight against Townsend, who claimed a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 win. Halep had a match point before Townsend won in a thrilling tiebreak.

Unseeded Andrea Petkovic also earned an upset win, defeating sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova. Petkovic beat the two-time Grand Slam champion 6-4, 6-4.

Yulia Putintseva picked up an impressive win over Aryna Sabalenka, upsetting the No. 9 seed 6-3, 7-6 (3) to reach the third round for the first time.

No. 7 seed Kiki Bertens edged Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-4. Great Britain’s Johanna Konta, the tournament’s No. 16 seed, dominated Margarita Gasparyan 6-1, 6-0 to advance.

In the men’s draw, No. 6 seed Alexander Zverev punched his ticket to the third round at Flushing Meadows with a five-set win over American Frances Tiafoe.

Zverev edged Tiafoe 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to push his record to 5-0 in five-set matches this year.

Fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev eliminated Hugo Dellien with a 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 victory. It marked his 46th tour-level match win this season, the most by any player on the men’s tour.

No. 14 seed John Isner advanced to the third round with a straight-sets win against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal received a walkover into round three after Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew.

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