Although her two-handed backhand and her court docket protection stay her strengths, her serve and her forehand have been query marks. She has shored up the forehand and has been more and more efficient pouncing on brief balls and hitting winners with that stroke. However double faults have been a recurring difficulty. Final month, she had 13 in a straight-sets loss to Ons Jabeur within the quarterfinals of an occasion in Charleston, S.C., and 12 extra in a three-set defeat to Karolina Pliskova within the first spherical of the Mutua Madrid Open.
These are huge, disquieting numbers. The serving yips might be daunting to beat, notably in tight matches with Grand Slam titles on the road. However Gauff, with much less at stake, served nicely by means of the stress in Rome and Parma.
Towards Wang, she hit six double faults, however none got here at crucial junctures, and she or he didn’t lose a recreation on her serve.
“That feels good,” she mentioned. “The serve is one thing I’ve been engaged on quite a bit, and I can nonetheless enhance on it.”
Pat Money, the previous Wimbledon champion who’s teaching Wang, agreed that Gauff’s serve wanted work — “Generally she will get a bit an excessive amount of spin on it,” he mentioned — however after sitting courtside in Parma on Saturday, he mentioned he appreciated her probabilities of enjoying nicely in Paris.
“I don’t suppose she’s going to be that far off on the French,” Money mentioned. “I believe Coco can get annoyed with the ball coming again time and time once more. She over-hits at instances, and that’s what we had been hoping she would do at the moment. We had been hoping to frustrate her, however she hit God is aware of what number of strains, baselines and sidelines, with energy.
“I used to be very impressed along with her velocity, and she or he’s a robust woman. She was a fairly skinny little factor a pair years in the past, however she’s very sturdy on the stretch. That’s the place it actually counts.”