Back then, Andreeva won the opening set, but Gauff quickly bounced back to win the match. Fast forward a few months later, and we have an even more impressive Gauff who recently added her first WTA 1000 trophy.
The American was hugely favoured in this matchup and largely justified that with her play on the court. Andreeva showed weakness in the first match here at the US Open, so her losing comfortably to Gauff should not surprise anyone.
The first set was an interesting one. Andreeva broke Gauff in the first game of the match, but obviously, that didn't end up being a problem as Gauff broke back immediately and took a 4-1 lead. She kept applying pressure and won the opening set 6-3.
The Russian simply couldn't hit any winners even though she tried. She only had 3 but had 10 unforced errors. Gauff had 10 winners, and it made all the difference. The second set was in a similar vein as Gauff dominated, and we even saw a more impressive scoreline.
Andreeva tried her best and limited errors in the second set, but Gauff took over. She started hitting more aggressively, and it worked out in her favour. She had 14 winners but also 7 unforced errors to finish off the match. It was a pretty strong performance against a player who simply couldn't hold the line against Gauff, especially not in the atmosphere of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The final score was 6-3 6-2, with 24 winners and 16 unforced errors. She is showing a really high level and looks very confident right now. She'll need that moving forward as she might face compatriot Danielle Collins or Elise Mertens in the next round.