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Coco Gauff was left blushing after sending a post-match message to Hollywood star Michael B Jordan. The teen came through a tough fourth round to defeat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open.
She took part in a candid post-match interview afterwards and discussed the actor’s latest blockbuster film ‘Creed 3’, currently the fifth-highest grossing film of 2023.
“I watched Creed 3 twice in theatres, he did well directing the movie and playing the character too, mainly for the acting and other reasons as well,” Gauff said. “I mean, he’s Michael B. Jordan, the guy looks so good.”
After disclosing her admiration for the ‘2020 Sexiest Man Alive’, reporter Prakash Amritraj was quick to ask the tennis star if she was shooting her shot with the actor. But the youngster was quick to dismiss the claims. “No, no,” said a red-faced Gauff. “I’m way too young for him, maybe if I was a bit older.”
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Gauff also spoke about the recently acclaimed movies at the 95th Academy Awards, especially Tom Cruise’s latest hit film. “Everyone else liked ‘Top Gun’. The movie was like a play on the multiverse and I’m already a big Marvel fan,” she added.
“Everyone did so well in that film, so I was like for sure they’re gonna win best picture, and I like ‘Top Gun’ too. It was bad luck that ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ came out at the time of ‘Top Gun’. I knew they were going to win, I felt my gut and trusted it.”
Gauff, who turned 19 on Tuesday, fed off the energy from her home crowd as she rallied to secure a comeback victory to reach the last eight in Indian Wells for the first time in her career. The American also saved three break points at 4-4 in the decider, before holding serve and going on to break her opponent again, to win a hard-fought match.
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“I played Rebecca in one of my first pro tournaments and she whooped me pretty bad,” said Gauff, who avenged her defeat to the 27-year-old four years ago in Michigan.
“It was just a mental thing, staying in the match. I wasn’t playing my best in some moments and wasn’t serving as well as I’d like to, but I think my mentality kept me in today.
“[The crowd] helped me, were cheering for me even after the second set, were rooting for me every step of the way.” The road only gets tougher for Gauff, as she will face Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka in the quarter-finals on Wednesday evening.
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