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Coco Gauff Beats Timea Babos, Will Face No. 1 Naomi Osaka in US Open 3rd Round

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IAugust 30, 2019

Coco Gauff, of the United States, pumps her fist after winning a point against Timea Babos, of Hungary, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Coco Gauff will continue her run at the 2019 U.S. Open in New York City after defeating Timea Babos 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in their second-round match Thursday night. 

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She keeps moving ➡️ @CocoGauff defeats Babos in a 3-set thriller to set up a R3 match against Naomi Osaka! #USOpen https://t.co/gJ6C5za4v0

Next up for the 15-year-old Florida native will be defending champion and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. This is Gauff's first time participating in the tournament, and she became the youngest woman since 2014 to win a U.S. Open match by ousting Anastasia Potapova in the first round.

Gauff is now the youngest woman to advance to the third round at Flushing Meadows since Anna Kournikova made it to the fourth round as a 15-year-old in 1996 (h/t WTA Insider).

Following the match, Gauff spoke with Tom Rinaldi on the court. "I was tested a lot," she said on the ESPN broadcast. "I think we were both just testing each other, and maybe if I didn't win that last point, maybe she would've won the match. It's just that type of match where anyone could've won."

Gauff passed every test, especially in the third set in which she saved all four break points that she faced, but Osaka will be the toughest test she has faced in her young career. However, before she can think about that, she has to play doubles with 17-year-old Caty McNally against Julia Goerges and Katerina Siniakova on Friday.

Earlier Thursday, Osaka defeated Magda Linette 6-2, 6-4 with Kobe Bryant and Colin Kaepernick sitting in her player's box. Bryant gave Gauff a shoutout following her victory, too:

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@CocoGauff , @TaylorTownsend and @Naomi_Osaka_ brought that to life today.

Last year, the 21-year-old defeated Serena Williams to claim the U.S. Open in a controversial match. Coincidentally, Gauff's most notable win to date came when she upset Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon last month.