Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff wrote one of the best pages of tennis in 2019 after the Japanese invited the American after she defeated her at the US Open. Coco had great hopes for another fantastic fortnight in New York after she astonished the world following her run in Wimbledon where she reached the second week. However, Coco was still too “green” to counter an in form Naomi Osaka that won that match 6-3 6-0.
Why Sloane Stephens was happy with Naomi
During a recent interview, Sloane admitted that she was extremely pleased with Naomi that wanted to acknowledge her young opponent. Stephens commented that it is nice to see that fellow African-American players are helping each other.
“I think that takes the sport a lot further than where we are now,” Stephens commented, “I think women supporting women is always a good thing.”
She has also a fantastic relationship with Madison Keys that she defeated in the US Open final in 2017.
About Serena and Venus Williams
Like many tennis players of her generation, Sloane has Serena and Venus Williams as her childhood idols. Sloane added that she is happy to see that the new generation will keep the legacy of the two sisters.
Naomi Osaka’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, the Japanese played her last match on the 27th of October when she overcame Petra Kvitova 7-61 4-6 6-4 in the round robin in Shenzhen.
This year Osaka has a 40-11 win-loss record. Osaka clinched 3 titles in 2019 at the Australian Open, in Osaka and in Beijing.
Cori Gauff’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.68 (career-high), the American played her last match on the 16th of October when she surrendered to Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-0 in the 1st round in Luxembourg.
This year Gauff has a 18-8 win-loss record. Gauff won her maiden career title in Linz.
Naomi Osaka and Cori Gauff played each other 1 time. The head to head is 1-0 for Osaka. The last time that they fought against each other, Naomi Osaka won 6-3 6-0 in the 3rd round in New York (U.S. Open) on the 31st of August 2019.
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Sloane Stephens’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.25, the American played her last match on the 1st of October when she was overcome by Saisai Zheng 6-3 6-1 in the 2nd round in Beijing.
Sloane Stephens’s best performance of the present season was reaching the semi-finals in Madrid.
Serena Williams’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.10, Serena played her last match on the 7th of September when she had to surrender to Bianca Vanessa Andreescu 6-3 7-5 in the final in U.S. Open.
Serena Williams’s best performance of the current year was getting to the final in Wimbledon, Toronto and at the U.S. Open.
Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams played each other 6 times. The head to head is 5-1 for Williams.
The last time that they fought against each other, Naomi Osaka won 1-6 7-5 6-3 in the 4th round in Paris (French Open) in June 2015.