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Gauff’s amazing comeback victory for French Open Jr. Title

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Cori Gauff won her first junior grand slam title at Roland Garros in dramatic fashion today. After being down 1-6, 0-2, 0-3, Cori was able to dig deep and put off the bad memories of her 2017 US Open finals loss and somehow pull through to get the win in a third set tiebreaker.

Playing from behind is something new to Cori as she has traditionally destroyed opponents straight sets. Fighting spirit and the ability to make late-match adjustments can now be added to her arsenal of weapons. Caty McNally played a terrific match as she dominated throughout, but could not extend the rally on her backhand side which ultimately resulted in her loss.

Caty is a great singles and doubles player with a lot of variety and shot making ability, but Cori’s speed to the ball left her with too many unanswered questions.

The future is bright for Cori as she plans to transition into the WTA Tour over the next couple years. We look forward to seeing more of her play in the coming weeks as the grass court season kicks off in Europe. We had a chance to catch up with Cori after the match as a special guest on our podcast show.

Subscribers can catch our latest interview with Cori on our podcast page later today.

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Robin Montgomery advances to Easter Bowl Finals

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By Editorial Team (Updated Results)

Robin Montgomery reached the finals of the Easter Bowl this year without losing a set. Her impressive play earned her a title match against the top seed and WTA Tour ranked 565, Emma Navarro tomorrow.

If the past is any predictor of the future, Robin should be able to squeeze her way into the finals this weekend. She would play the winner of Lea Ma and Emma Jackson.

The number one seed Tyra Black was easily defeated today 6-4, 7-6 by 16 year old Jackson so the draw is wide open for a big run into the final round. Robin would likely face Emma Navarro in the final assuming there are no further upsets.

The live feed of all the matches can be seen at http://www.easterbowl.com/

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CoCo Gauff turns pro after winning 2018 Orange Bowl title

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CoCo Gauff was able to dominate the field in her home state of Florida this weekend with a statement win over Diane Parry 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the final round where she had to overcome a third set deficit against 2nd seeded Qinwen Zheng of China to eventually prevail 6-4 in the third and final set. 

When asked how she was able to manage her emotions during the match, CoCo responded,  “My dad told me at the beginning of the tournament, ‘This is probably your last junior tournament, so play how you want to be remembered,’” Gauff said. “And that’s how I was thinking. People mostly know me to always fight, and even when I was down, I was like, ‘That’s how I want to be remembered,’ at least in junior tennis, and see what the next chapter has for me.”

In addition to winning the 2018 Orange Bowl, CoCo committed to playing a full season of professional tennis beginning in 2019. She will bypass all junior grand slams and primarily play the World Tour Tennis 25 series of tournaments in effort to boost her current top 700 ranking in order to qualify for larger professional grand slam tournaments.

Her goal is to reach the top 200 by the end of 2019. With the hard work and focus that she has exhibited over the last several months, CoCo is sure to gain her footing in the pro ranks and make a huge impact on the WTA Tour at the young age of 14. Coco is definitely the future of American tennis. 

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Gauff, Black capture doubles title in Yucatan HSBC Junior Open

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By Editorial Team

Cori “CoCo” Gauff and Hurricane Tyra Black teamed up as an unlikely pairing for the red clay Yucatan HSBC Junior Open in Mexico this week after Tyra won the Copa Mundial Campeche doubles title last week with Turkish partner Selin Ovunc. Their road to the final was very comfortable as the #1 seeded team, defeating fellow young Americans, Savannah Broadus and Kylie Collins, in the semifinals 6-4, 6-2. However, Giulia Morlet (France) and Adrienn Nagy (Hungary) were up for the challenge as they were able to narrowly escape their first round match against the #4 seed 11-9 and also overcame the 2nd seed in the semifinals 10-8 both in deciding tiebreakers.

The final was destined to come down to the wire for the newly paired American team. While able to overcome nerves in the second set, CoCo (2018 US Open Junior doubles title holder) was able to lead the team to a title victory 7-6, 4-6, 10-7. CoCo and Tyra could team up again in future events like the Orange Bowl. With Coco’s raw determination and Tyra’s speed and quick reflexes at the net, this doubles team is in position to win a junior grand slam title.

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