Gauff eager for tennis to observe basketball in male vs feminine duels

US Open champion Coco Gauff mentioned on Monday tennis can observe basketball’s instance and have males going through ladies in specialised contests equivalent to Serena Williams and Australian Nick Kyrgios in serve targets.

Gauff was talking after Stephen Curry sank his final 4 photographs from the best nook to defeat Sabrina Ionescu 29-26 in a 3-point NBA-Girls’s NBA Problem on Saturday at NBA All-Star weekend.

The primary-ever shootout of the sexes was a groundbreaking showdown between elite guards—Golden State’s Curry, the NBA’s all-time 3-point chief, and WNBA single-season 3-point document holder Ionescu of the New York Liberty.

Each gamers shot from the NBA three-point line, which is farther away from the basket than the WNBA three-point line.

Chatting with reporters in Dubai, the place she is competing in a WTA match, Gauff was requested what expertise problem, akin to those featured on the weekend, would work in tennis.

The 19-year-old American mentioned she would like to see Williams and Kyrgios go toe-to-toe in a serve targets contest.

“There’s additionally just like the dropshot one. Ons (Jabeur) and Carlos (Alcaraz) can be a cool matchup in opposition to that. There could possibly be possibly a consistency problem.”

Stephen Curry greets Sabrina Ionescu after Curry received the 3-point competitors on the NBA All-Star weekend.
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Stephen Curry greets Sabrina Ionescu after Curry received the 3-point competitors on the NBA All-Star weekend.
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Gauff hailed Ionescu’s efforts in opposition to Curry. “I believe the Sabrina and Steph competitors was nice. I believe most individuals had been rooting for Sabrina. What she did was unimaginable, particularly additionally taking pictures from the NBA line. Steph is unquestionably the best three-point shooter ever,” Gauff mentioned.

Gauff mentioned she would hope the person in opposition to girl shootout is just not a one-off. I simply hope they proceed to do that. It simply humbles a whole lot of males on this planet. I actually like that. Particularly basketball, that sort of competitors, it’s one thing physicality doesn’t at all times matter. I believe that’s what makes it cool,” Gauff mentioned.

Gauff is seeded quantity three this week and can open her marketing campaign in opposition to Italian fortunate loser Elisabetta Cocciaretto on Tuesday.

The American is coming off an early exit in Doha. She might be trying to recapture the shape that noticed her begin the season with a title in Auckland and attain the Australian Open semifinals the place she misplaced to eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka.

“It was only a dangerous day on the workplace,” Gauff mentioned of her efficiency in Qatar. “I’m not going to let it outline how the remainder of this week will go.”

Two former World No. 1s booked their spots within the Dubai second spherical on Monday. Victoria Azarenka eased previous Arantxa Rus 6-2, 6-4 and Karolina Pliskova improved her document in opposition to Chinese language wildcard Zhang Shuai to an ideal 9-0 with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

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