The last time we saw Coco Gauff on a tennis court was in the US Open final, where she completed a fabulous comeback to beat Aryna Sabalenka and lift the trophy. It was her maiden Grand Slam trophy, a significant win for her career and certainly the crowning of her career so far.
Expectedly, Gauff skipped over the Guadalajara Open to rest up and enjoy some time away from the sport after a very impressive grind leading up to the US Open. We didn't know when she would return, but we do know now. She touched down in Beijing ahead of the China Open and already had her first practice.
It was a long journey for Gauff, who had to get from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States before flying over to China. According to her Instagram story, the journey roughly took her 30 hours, but there was no time to waste as she swiftly made her way to the tennis court.
"Heyyy... Post 30 hour travel day practice. Rough travel day but the grind doesn't stop."
It's the first time Gauff will play in East Asia because she missed the previous Olympics and actually never played at any of the Chinese events in the past. The pandemic prevented her, but she's there now, and it will be the first time she's playing an event as a Grand Slam champion.
There are a lot of questions regarding how she'll do especially with the rather tough conditions over there at this time of the year but we'll see soon enough.