American tennis star Cori Gauff suggested that not letting out her frustration was the reason why she stood no chance versus Paula Badosa after losing a tight first set. In the San Jose quarterfinal, Badosa handed Gauff a 7-6 (4) 6-2 loss.
Gauff was twice up by a break in the first set, and had a chance to serve out for the first set, but failed to do so and Badosa made her pay for not realizing her chances. “I feel like I should have shown my frustration more,” Gauff said after the loss, per The San Francisco Chronicle.
“I try not to get frustrated but you can’t block your feelings. I think I just played frustrated and I was basically seeing a blur because I was just blinded by the frustration”.
Gauff missed out on a good chance to win the first set
Gauff got off to a good start, claiming the first break of the match in the third game for a 2-1 lead.
Gauff got broken back in the fourth game, but broke Badosa again in the fifth game to open a 3-2 lead. Gauff held on to her serve in her next two service games and led 5-3 after the opening eight games. When the time came for Gauff to serve out for the first set in the 10th game, she failed to do so as Badosa broke back to tie the set to five games apiece.
After failing to serve out for the first set, Gauff also blew two break points on Badosa’s serve in the 11th game. In the tie-break, Gauff and Badosa were tied to four points apiece, before Gauff dropped the next three points and ultimately the first set.
Gauff was visibly shook at the start of the second set and Badosa broke the American in the opening game of the set. Badosa claimed her second break of the set in the sixth game, before serving out for the match in the eighth game. Gauff now turns her focus to the National Bank Open in Toronto.