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Miami Open Update: Guaff Misses Chance To Face Osaka In Round of 16 Clash, Set For Garcia

Osaka was winner in the last big meeting between both rising stars of women's tennis
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American women tennis sensation Coco Gauff will not get the chance to avenge her 2019 US Open defeat to Naomi Osaka in the round of 16 of the ongoing WTA Miami Open tournament following the defeat of Osaka against world number 27 Caroline Garcia, who defeated Osaka 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the early hours of Monday morning.

On Sunday, Gauff who is world number 3 came from behind in the first set to beat Océane Dodin 6-4, 6-0 to reach the knockout stage of the tournament with a American women tennis sensation Coco Gauff will not get the chance to avenge her 2019 US Open defeat to Naomi Osaka in the round of 16 of the ongoing WTA Miami Open tournament following the defeat of Osaka against world number 27 Caroline Garcia, who defeated Osaka 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the early hours of Monday morning .

On Sunday, Gauff who is world number 3 came from behind in the first set to beat Océane Dodin 6-4, 6-0 to reach the knockout stage of the tournament with a pulsating game in prospect expected in the tennis world against the Japanese.

Gauff won 10 straight games after Dodin took a shocking 4-2 lead in the opening set, with her opponent making nine double-faults in the course of the game.

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Gauff turned 20 on March 13 and is currently the youngest American player to hold a top-three seed at Miami.

She has suffered just one loss in her past 23 matches in the United States. That defeat came against Maria Sakkari at Indian Wells earlier this month.

On possibility of winning the tennis tournament in the States, Gauff quipped:

“It would be really cool to win here at home,” said Gauff, who was born in Delray Beach, Florida. “I think the best part about winning here is just being able to drive home with the trophy and not have to fly and pack. And I’m a Dolphins fan, so maybe if I win here they can win another trophy at the Super Bowl.”

 

Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.

In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.

He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.

Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.

He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.

Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.

Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.

Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.

In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.

He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.

Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.

He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.

Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.

Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.

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