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Coco Gauff wins 2022 debut, sets up match with Ash Barty in Adelaide

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Coco Gauff of the United States returns a shot to Paula Badosa in the first set on Stadium One during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., on October 11, 2021.Gauff Vs Badosa Bnp Paribas2085
Coco Gauff of the United States returns a shot to Paula Badosa in the first set on Stadium One during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., on October 11, 2021.Gauff Vs Badosa Bnp Paribas2085

Coco Gauff opened her 2022 season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway in just 63 minutes Monday at the Adelaide International 1 in Australia.

The victory set her up for a Round of 16 showdown with world No. 1 and home-crowd favorite Ash Barty.

Gauff, the 17-year-old American, saved all three break points she faced while going 4-for-4 in breaking Eikeri. Gauff added five aces and won 23 of 29 first-service points (79.3 percent).

Polish No. 5 seed Iga Swiatek took care of Australian Daria Saville 6-3, 6-3, while No. 6 seed Sofia Kenin of the U.S. got by Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti 7-5, 7-5.

Anastasia Gasanova rallied to upset No. 8 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Shelby Rogers of the U.S. and Misaki Doi of Japan were also winners.

–Field Level Media