16-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff was knocked out of the U.S. Open after a first-round loss to No. 31 seed Anastasija Sevastova on Monday at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. Sevastova defeated Gauff in three sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the opening round. Last year, Gauff reached the third round at Flushing Meadows before losing to 2018 champion Naomi Osaka.
Sevastova had been only 1-8 in singles play this year but earned another breakthrough win in New York. She was a semifinalist at the U.S. Open two years ago. Also on Monday, top-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Anhelina Kalinina in straight sets to advance to the next round. Pliskova had a 26-7 edge in winners. Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4.
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