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Australian Open 2020: 15-year-old Coco Gauff knocks out defending champion Naomi Osaka

The Independent logo The Independent 24/01/2020 Jack Rathborn
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Coco Gauff has stunned the defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka in the third round.

The 15-year-old sensation prevailed 6-3, 6-4 over the Japanese champion, who gave her opponent a huge hug at the net after her latest epic achievement.

“I don’t know where that came from,” a shocked Gauff said when reacting immediately to her latest achievement. “Honestly, like, what is my life? two years ago I lost first round in juniors and now I’m here!

“I was telling myself one point at a time and keep fighting. You never know what happens on this court.

a woman holding a racket: Gauff and Osaka embrace at the net after their third round match (Getty) © Provided by The Independent Gauff and Osaka embrace at the net after their third round match (Getty)

“I love it down here, oh my gosh! Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I’m on the Rod Laver Arena! I can’t believe it!

“I’ve walked past Rod Laver a couple of times in the hallway but I’ve never met him- if he sees this, tell him we can set up a meeting sometime. I need a selfie for Instagram!”

When asked what she will do about her schoolwork after extending her stay in Melbourne, Gauff promised to work on it tomorrow.

“I’ll probably do homework tomorrow because I want to go to sleep tonight,” Gauff said.

“My teachers are giving me some time because considering the circumstances... they’re letting me submit some assignments late, so that’s nice!”

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