Though 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. But double faults have been a recurring concern. Last month, she had 13 in a straight-sets loss to Ons Jabeur in the quarterfinals of an occasion in Charleston, S.C., and 12 extra in a three-set defeat to Karolina Pliskova in the primary spherical of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Those are massive, disquieting numbers. The serving yips will be daunting to beat, notably in tight matches with Grand Slam titles on the road. But Gauff, with much less at stake, served effectively by means of the strain in Rome and Parma.
Against 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 something I’ve been working on a lot, and I can still improve on it.”
Pat Cash, the previous Wimbledon champion who’s teaching Wang, agreed that Gauff’s serve wanted work — “Sometimes she gets a bit too much spin on it,” he mentioned — however after sitting courtside in Parma on Saturday, he mentioned he preferred her probabilities of taking part in effectively in Paris.
“I don’t think she’s going to be that far off at the French,” Cash mentioned. “I feel Coco can get annoyed with the ball coming again time and time once more. She over-hits at occasions, 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 pace, and she or he’s a powerful lady. She was a fairly skinny little factor a pair years in the past, however she’s very robust on the stretch. That’s the place it actually counts.”