American hope Coco Gauff continued her journey at Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Elena Vesnina in the second round. Elena is a veteran doubles specialist having won multiple doubles Grand Slam titles. Coco looking to follow up an impressive clay court season which culminated in a quarter final appearance in Paris. Off to a solid start she was. Her serve and volley game ,1-2 game firmly on point. Check out 4-3(40-30). I may not be a big fan of crouching to knee level to make a shot, would rather make a slice backhand return to be sure. But Coco controls the back hand really well straight into the corner. It could be that the backhand slice is not her strongest suit.
The thing with doubles specialists is that they are great at finding the lines. They are used to playing in a crowded court were margins for errors are so limited. Elena showed that. Check out her stay in the set 5-3(40-0) on her own serve. Now watch second set 2-0(40-15). This point threatened to be a turning point of the whole match with Coco break points up to go a double break up in the set. Each player receives three challenges on a line or umpire decision with Hawkeye having the final say. Coco chose the worst time to appeal that call. She was ahead a break in the set so had no need to appeal. The eye can be very deceiving. The great players always know when to use those challenges. Some great net play from both players in this one, expecting it with a doubles specialist on court. Great drop shots from Coco, some luckier than others, showing she learnt really well from playing clay. A rush of blood to the head double fault by Elena handing the double break to Coco to seal a fairly comfortable victory. Next up for Cori a thrid round match with Slovenian Kaja Juvan.