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Coco Gauff wins 3-set thriller to reach third round of US Open

With her opening-match jitters behind her, Coco Gauff was on her way to a rout, bludgeoning Timea Babos early to take a 6-2, 2-0 lead. But she’s only 15, and Gauff got outmuscled in the second set before rising up once again to pull out a difficult third set that just will continue her young legacy. At her age, nothing is likely to come easy in her first U.S. Open, but Gauff handled the mounting pressure with aplomb, outlasting the 26-year-old Babos in the second-round thriller under the lights at a raucous Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday for her second straight three-set win, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. The 15-year-old phenom was in rhythm early and steely late, and now the U.S. Open gets a glorious third-round battle between Gauff and def ...