Coco Gauff says loss to Barty an important lesson to raise game

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FILE–Tennis player Coco Gauff during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

FILE–Tennis player Coco Gauff during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

ADELAIDE— American Coco Gauff said her loss to world number one Ash Barty in last week’s Adelaide International 1 WTA tournament was an important lesson on what she needs to do to raise her level ahead of the Australian Open.

Gauff, ranked 19 in the world, took the opening set before Australian Barty rallied to seal a 4-6 7-5 6-1 victory but the 17-year-old said there were plenty of things that she was encouraged by during the defeat.

“That’s what I’ve been trying to work on… taking more positives when I lose, not beat myself up,” Gauff said after beating Ana Konjuh 6-3 6-4 in the Adelaide International 2 tournament on Thursday.

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