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    30 May 2023

    Roland Garros 2023: Coco Gauff, Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina Advance in French Open Tennis Tournament

    American Coco Gauff Stages Comeback to Avoid Early Exit at French Open

    In a thrilling match that kept fans on the edge of their seats, sixth-seeded American tennis player, Coco Gauff fought back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 against Spain’s Rebeka Masarova in the first round of the French Open. Gauff had a difficult start to her campaign as she struggled with trust issues and missed eight break points in the opening set. However, inspired by Miami Heat’s victory over Boston Celtics in Eastern Conference Finals of NBA playoffs where they were pegged back but emerged victorious in the decider match; Gauff found mental resilience and reminded herself not to “freak out”.

    The young Floridian confidently took control of proceedings from the second set onwards with increased aggression which forced Masarova into making more errors. Having not won from a set down in her previous fifteen matches, this comeback win will undoubtedly boost Gauff’s confidence going forward. Last year’s Roland Garros runner-up who lost to top seed Iga Swiatek displayed remarkable composure playing through injury on Monday.

    She clinched an impressive straight-set victory (6-4, 6-0) against another Spanish opponent Cristina Bucsa. Despite suffering from thigh injury since retiring from Rome quarter-final against Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina recently; Poland’s world number one Swiatek remains favourite for winning third title at Roland Garros this year. She admitted feeling pressure ahead of tournament but claimed she was working with it while staying focused on playing her best game irrespective of outside expectations.

    Seventh seed Ons Jabeur who has been struggling with injuries also managed to secure her spot for next round by beating Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti convincingly (6–4 , 6–1). Fans remain eager about Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina who won Rome title showcasing her ability to dominate both clay and quicker surfaces. As the fourth seed, she is expected to put up a strong fight this year at Roland Garros. With the first round of matches already producing some nail-biting moments, fans can’t wait for more drama as the tournament progresses.

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